About Vitala Global & the Fellowship Program in 2024
Roopan (left) and Genevieve (right).
Vitala Global is now accepting applications or nominations for our Jan/Feb 2024 Rise in Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program! We'll select five (5) Fellows who are aspiring advocates and content creators in the area of reproductive health and justice.
Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend + have access to a mentorship program. The time commitment is estimated to be 4-5 hours/week for 2 months.
Vitala Global Foundation is a Canadian non-profit started by two obstetrician-gynecologists, Roopan Gill and Genevieve Tam. As an organization, we seek to understand the challenges that people face in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) tools and services.
We create and implement digital SRH solutions Our process is community-engaged, evidence-based, and gender inclusive. You can explore our site and the following links for more details!
Submit Applications or Nominations by
November 20, 2023
Now accepting applications and nominations through Monday, Nov. 20, 2023!
We encourage you to apply even if you think you are under-qualified - we want to encourage folks from all stages of the educational or career journey! The online form will take just 10-15 minutes to complete.
The fellowship/mentorship program will begin in January 2024 and run for 2 months, with a time commitment of about 4-5 hours/week. More details below.
We will select five (5) applicants/nominees. Fellows will receive:
1. $1000 stipend
2. Reference letter + certificate of program completion
3. Access to our mentorship program. Our mentors come from Planned Parenthood, HireBoost, and other organizations. Your work may also gain visibility through Vitala's network.
Fellowship Program Goals
Vitala seeks to empower advocates and creatives, so that that can create effective content relating to SRH, self-care, and mental wellbeing. Mentors will share their expertise and help Fellows develop a concept that can be turned into a blog post, article, reel, photo series, graphic, or any type of creative content for social media or websites.
How do I apply?
Apply via this online form and answer the 4 short questions (10-15 minutes estimated completion time). You may upload a CV/resume or other supporting documents.
Fellows will be invited to participate in a mentorship program run by Vitala. More details here.
Here are some sample topics that may be explored:
Self-care tips for puberty
Self-care tips while you’re menstruating
How to talk to friends or a new partner about SRH
The history of how Latinx or Black women have been disadvantaged in accessing quality SRH care
Tips for managing mental wellbeing in an area with restrictive laws
How to use inclusive language in conversations about SRH
Program Eligibility - this is a guideline, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested but may not meet all requirements:
Passionate about advocacy or content creation in the area of reproductive health and justice
18-30 years old
Live in the US
Identify as a woman, transgender, non-binary, and/or gender diverse
Identify as Latina/x or Hispanic - this is not a requirement, but we want to elevate Latina/x or Hispanic voices, as this community has been disproportionately impacted post-Dobbs
UPDATED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, November 20, 2023
Fellowship Program Overview & Benefits
Rise for Reproductive Justice Fellowship
Program (early 2024)
Creators of successful, selected projects will be invited to participate in the Rise for Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program run by Vitala Global!
About the Fellowship / Mentorship Program
Program Timing: early 2024 start date. Program will run for 2 months. Start date TBD depending on participant schedules.
Flexible Time Commitment: 4-5 hours/week for 2 months
The program will guide you in continuing your content creation at the intersection of sexual and reproductive health with self-care and mental well-being. Mentors will share their expertise and provide the foundational knowledge, skills, and resources for you to become confident of your individual and collective capacity to create change and grow in the space of reproductive justice.
We will explore many of the topic areas and pillars of Vitala Global’s work through interactive live sessions, and individual and group activities. Each course will be a week long, structured by one theoretical session and one or two workshops. By the end of the program, you will feel uplifted and prepared to take action and launch into reproductive justice work or more broadly SRH.
About Our Mentors
Our mentors are creatives, researchers, career mentors, innovation experts, medical doctors, and designers from Vitala Global and our broader community. We are thrilled to share the names of our mentors below!
As founding mentors of this program, we welcome our founders Genevieve Tam and Roopan Gill, Isabel Perez, Génesis Luigi, and Arielle Aquino from Vitala Global, James Estrada from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Ally Maz from Girlvana, Leeza Mangaldas from Leezu’s, Valeria Aguerri from HireBoost, and Bavidra Mohan from Acumen.
The mentorship program will require a time commitment of approximately 4-5 hours/ week for 2 months. Topics covered in our program include:
Introduction to SRH
Sexual and Reproductive Self-Care
Human-Centered Design & Digital Self-Care Solutions
Advocacy & Movement-Building
Communications & Marketing
Human-centered design and digital self-care solutions
Entering the Market & Crafting a Story
To connect with your peers and support your nervous system navigating school, work, and life, we will also offer a weekly self-care session guided by wellbeing experts from our community.
All invited participants will receive a welcome package with an overview of the program, introductions from mentors and a folder with materials and resources.
Please find additional details about the Fellowship / Mentorship Program here.
What you will receive
At the end of the program, participants will receive a small stipend, reference letter, & certificate of program completion for your resume.
Ready? Apply online (approx. 10-15 minutes to complete)
Technology is pivotal for knowledge sharing around SRH and can foster community bonding. However, there is a need for more culturally and linguistically tailored content, specifically for Latinx and BIPOC communities. While some strides have been made, disparities remain in how these initiatives impact different communities. Thus, a targeted, inclusive approach beyond simple information dissemination is needed. We aim to empower these communities to engage with their SRH in a way that respects their cultural and individual contexts.
Create, Grow, Challenge, Shape
Our mission in the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) space is not only to identify and address unmet needs, but also to carve a new path in this less established market area. By creating content that's unique and culturally relevant, we aim to discuss topics that others shy away from.
Evolving With Our Audience
This project is not a static entity; it is an evolving initiative that continually adapts to our audience. Trust is at the core of everything we do; by focusing on audience attention, we are constructing an unmatched self-care tool and SRH ecosystem.
Disrupting Healthcare, Innovating Solutions
Time is life. This is why we're challenging the traditional healthcare delivery system, offering innovative, effective solutions. Our disruptive approach calls for relentless innovation, as we collaborate with stakeholders to improve health outcomes across all stages of the patient journey. We're committed to making transformative digital health breakthroughs accessible to all.
Joining the Fight for SRH
We invite those with a passion for SRH to join us in our mission. Your participation could help shape the future of healthcare and contribute to meaningful change in the SRH space.