Advocates In the Making (A.I.M.) program expands capacity for small social justice organizations to advance Mississippi 


JACKSON, Miss - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi is excited to announce the launch of Advocates in the Making (A.I.M.), a mini-grant program focused on building state-level advocacy. A.I.M. provides internship opportunities for college students by awarding capacity grants to local organizations doing integral on-the-ground work to advance Mississippi on social justice issues.

As an organization committed to positively impacting the communities our partner organizations service, we hope this grant opportunity will expand the reach of their programs.

The Advocates In the Making (A.I.M.) Intern Sponsorship Grant is designed to further the work of advocacy organizations while also providing real-time, applicable knowledge and skills for students that have an interest in advocacy.

During this 10-week internship (conducted between May 16, 2022 – August 3, 2022), advocacy organizations managing each intern will provide students with a detailed work assignment. Students will receive a stipend of $3,000

Students will also participate in two convenings hosted by the ACLU of Mississippi on the principles and practices of community and legislative advocacy, communication and policy development during the placement.

"No one organization can create the progress we need in Mississippi. So we are providing resources for our partner organizations and the future leaders of our state to build a path together," Jarvis Dortch, Executive Director of ACLU of Mississippi said.

Organizations may submit A.I.M. grant applications through Thursday, April 7, 2022 to Jacquelyn Agho at A.I.M. grant awards will be announced on a rolling basis between Friday, April 8, 2022 through Friday, April 22, 2022.