Become an Ally
Support, sponsor, and encourage a Fellow
What does a Welcoming Project Champion do?
Welcoming Project Champions cultivate deep, intentional, and lasting relationships with student Fellows. Together with Allies and program staff, Champions form an unrelenting tribe of supporters around each Fellow and become a source of consistency, stability, motivation, and encouragement. Champions engage Fellows in the typical activities you would expect from any role model or supportive adult. They can give rides to appointments, accompany a Fellow as he/she enrolls in school, attend a community event or sports game, help with homework, offer advice on relationships, or go out for a meal or coffee break. Champions also troubleshoot and help Fellows navigate real challenges that may come up related to school, court matters, housing, and healthcare. While Champions schedule independent one-on-one activities with Fellows, the Welcoming Project will also host regularly scheduled tribe activities.
Through participating in the Welcoming Project, Champions grow personally and professionally by being part of our community. Champions are trained and guided as they work with their Fellows and have the opportunity to build relationships not only with Fellows but also with our Allies throughout the larger New Orleans community.
What is the time commitment for a Champion?
We ask Champions to connect with their Fellow at least once a week and that they commit to doing so for one year. Think of it as making a new friend—the effort you put forward in maintaining that friendship is similar to the commitment you would be making as a Champion. Establishing a mutual and meaningful relationship takes time, so the more conversations and experiences you have together with your Fellow, the stronger your relationship will grow, and the more each of you will grow personally.
What do I do next if I want to become a Champion or learn more?
To learn more about becoming a Champion with the Welcoming Project, complete the form below. We have additional training that we provide to potential Champions where you can learn more!
What does an Ally do?
Allies are an integral component of the Welcoming Project, as they facilitate relationships between New Orleans community (and beyond) and Fellows. They are agents of social change, helping us to propel our Fellows forward. Allies ‘open doors’ and provide support and encouragement to Fellows. They help students find reasons to excel, expanding opportunities and increasing our Fellows’ belief in what is possible. They offer resources, expertise, and job or internship opportunities.
What is the commitment of an Ally?
We simply ask the Allies to dream up ideas for how they can support our Fellows or our organization, and then collaborate with us to make those ideas come to fruition. We are always looking for eager individuals and organizations to support, sponsor and encourage our Fellows. Examples of how Allies can support Fellows include:
Sponsor a College Visit or Summer Camp experience
Locate Job and Internship opportunities
Participate in career readiness (trainings, mock interviews, resume building)
Host an awareness or volunteer outreach event
Provide exposure to interests, careers, or hobbies
Help establish partnerships with other educational, social, or community programs
What do I do next if I want to become an Ally or learn more?
To learn more about becoming an Ally with the Welcoming Project, complete the form below. We have additional training that we provide to potential Allies where you can learn more!