Dear TOLA Supporters and Potential TOLA Applicants,
After careful consideration, the TOLA team has decided to extend the
application deadline by one week. For those who need time completing your
application or securing a second recommendation, now is your chance!
*The application deadline has been extended to Monday, May 27 by 5 pm.*
Applications can be completed online
Recommendations also can be made online.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
The next TOLA program will begin on Monday, July 22nd and run through
November 4. The deadline for applying is Monday, May 20, 2019 by 5:00 pm.
If you have any questions please contact Program Director, Lolis Ramirez,
No matter what, we encourage you to keep organizing!
Who can apply?
Anyone committed to learning the skills necessary to make a difference in
their communities who is between the ages of 22 and 35.
We do not accept individuals who are part-time students or have other
What are the qualifications of a TOLA Fellow?
— Excellent interpersonal skills, keen analytical skills, and a desire to
— Strong presentation, teaching, writing skills.
— Ability to work with diverse racial/ethnic communities and colleagues
— A reliable source of transportation (e.g., car)
— Bilingual fluency is a plus
— Positive attitude
What is the time commitment?
Each TOLA Fellow commits to a full-time organizer’s schedule (up to
six-days a week) for sixteen weeks.
Where does the training take place?
The training will take place in the City of Stockton, California.
California is at the forefront of environmental, health, and political
activism. Stockton, California is centrally located close to the San
Francisco Bay Area and the important Central Valley. Stockton offers the
opportunity to work in a diverse community with significant needs.
Is housing provided?
We can assist, but each participant is responsible for finding their own
housing. To assist with the cost, participants receive a monthly living
stipend of $2,500 per month for the duration of the Fellowship.
Are recommendations required? Who should I ask to provide a recommendation?
Yes. TOLA requires 2 recommendations from individuals who have supervised
your work in the past 2 years. Each recommender should complete the
Form < tolacademy.org/recommendation-form/> accessible on the TOLA
What is the selection process once I apply?
Once your application is received we will send you a confirmation email.
After all applications are reviewed some will be selected for an in person
interview. At the end of the process all applicants will be contacted by
phone on whether you have been accepted to the program.
Please note that there is a MINIMUM word count of 250 words for the
questions: “What matters to you and why?” and “Why TOLA?”
*The Organizing and Leadership Academy*
191 Ridgeway Avenue
Oakland, California 94611