The Pacific Council is piloting a new program called Amplify, an opportunity for emerging leaders who are doing globally-oriented work in their local communities.
The Pacific Council wishes to cultivate local-to-global leaders by serving as a project accelerator and profile-builder for early to mid-career professionals. The Council seeks to be a national advocate for diversity in foreign policy and a stimulator of local-to-global initiatives from the western United States; therefore, it is our hope that this program will amplify the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented in foreign affairs.
Our inaugural Amplify class will be comprised of 10 individuals who will have access to the following in fall 2021:
- Opportunity to develop a project that connects their local community to the rest of the world. Participants will then partake in a pitch contest at the end of the program and receive prizes and feedback on their ideas from accomplished professionals in the field;
- Professional development opportunities such as virtual networking and access to high-level virtual meetings with global leaders;
- Virtual peer networking amongst the inaugural cohort of participants;
- Free access to Pacific Council membership for a year.
All activities will be held virtually.
Interested and qualified individuals are asked to submit an application here. Applications will be received on a rolling basis and participants will be announced in the fall of 2021.
Criteria for selection include:
- Individuals who can clearly address the problem they wish to solve through a local-to-global project concept that will be refined during their time with Amplify. This may be a project you are working on professionally or through volunteer or pro bono commitments. We encourage applicants to be clear in how they are drawing local-to-global connections in their applications.
- Individuals should be under the age of 40 at the time of application.
- Individuals who live or work in the western United States, a region often excluded from the U.S. foreign policy conversation.
- Applicants may work in city or state government, for a nonprofit or advocacy organization, or in the private sector.
Current Pacific Council members are invited to apply and share the opportunity among your networks.
The selected participants will be notified by early fall 2021 (please note that only selected individuals will be notified), and we will host our first virtual meeting shortly thereafter. Selected participants will be expected to commit about 1-3 hours per week for the duration of the program. Specific event dates will be scheduled and shared with the participants as they are available.
The cost to participate in the program is $1,995. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact us to learn about scholarship and financing options (also see the FAQs below).
How do I know if my project idea counts as local-to-global?
Your project idea should demonstrate how it would make connections between your local community and the rest of the world. If you have further questions about the local-to-global concept please view our description here.
What are the payment plan options to cover the cost of the program?
The Council can provide flexible payment plan options to individuals selected for the Amplify program. We also encourage participants to seek financial assistance from their employer to fully or partially cover the cost of the program. Scholarships will be available to participants as need is expressed.
Do I need to have a fully formed project proposal in order to apply?
No. Applicants should have an idea of the problem/issue they would like their project to address but the program is designed to help participants fully form their project pitch/proposal throughout the course of the program.
If I am a current Pacific Council member can I apply for Amplify?
Yes. The Amplify experience will be very different from one’s experience in membership, with added benefits through the cohort model and formation of your project pitch. If a current member is selected, their membership dues for the year will be waived in lieu of the program cost.
Do I need to live in Los Angeles in order to apply?
No. The program will take place virtually, and priority will be given to individuals who live and work in the western United States (this includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen in order to apply?
No, but your project proposal should reflect local-to-global work happening in the western U.S., and if selected, meetings will take place in the Pacific time zone.