The National SEED Project partners with schools, organizations, and communities to develop leaders who guide their peers in conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward social justice. At SEED New Leaders Week, 50 to 60 educators, parents, community leaders, and others are immersed in multicultural SEED materials and methods in preparation for leading SEED seminars in their own schools and communities. Because SEED leaders must have the backing of their institutions or organizations, we ask that a site support individual submit a Site Support Form in support of the applicant or applicants from their institution.
Site Support Individuals must complete the Support Individual Form (link at the very bottom of this page) in order for applicants from their institution or organization to be considered for SEED New Leaders Week and the 2021-22 SEED Project Year. Thank you for first carefully reading the instructions below. You may submit this form once for up to nine applicants from your institution or organization.
Applicants themselves must also each complete the New Leaders Week Application.
Please complete this form as soon as possible, and no later than April 30th. Last year, we filled all spaces before the April deadline, so we encourage you to submit all materials well in advance of that date.
The fees for SEED participation in 2021 are:
The fees for SEED participation in either 2 week or 5 week online sessions in 2021 are:
- $5500 is the fee for private schools and private site partners.
- $3500 for all public schools and public site partners. Additional scholarship funds are available based on communities served by the site and demonstrated need.
- Scholarships are available for eligible institutions which include public N-20 schools, community organizations and other institutions with demonstrated need.
Applicant spaces will not be reserved until all application and support forms are accepted and approved by SEED and a $1000 deposit ($500 for those receiving scholarships) is received by SEED for each accepted applicant. The entirety of the payment can be made then, or else the second portion of the payment is due four weeks following the end of the applicant's/applicants' New Leaders Week. Please note our policy on Refunds, Switching Participants, and Deferrals.
The SEED fee covers:
- A year-long professional development opportunity for approximately 15-25 local colleagues, led by the organization’s newly trained SEED leader(s)
- Ongoing assistance from SEED co-directors, SEED staff, and other experienced SEED leaders
- Access to SEED leaders-only resources and online community
- Print and digital media resources for adults and youth
- Regional networks for SEED leaders
- Bi-monthly calls with SEED leaders and SEED staff
- Weekly check ins during Craft Cabin
- Monthly office hours
- Three check in leader reports during the year
- As needed support via the info@ line
Schools and sponsoring sites are asked to provide an additional $500 per seminar for books, handouts, materials, and food, to be provided directly to the seminar leader(s) (not to SEED) and handled locally.
- SEED expects institutions and organizations to support the year-long SEED seminar and seminar leader(s), through strong verbal endorsement from administration, and through material support, such as funds to purchase books and DVDs for the seminar (which can start an equity library onsite), access to copy machines and printers, time during all-faculty/all-staff meetings for SEED, and backing to ensure seminars have a regular meeting place and nourishing food.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If You Are Seeking a Scholarship
SEED is committed to partnering with communities, organizations, and institutions who demographically reflect our broader world. Toward this end, SEED has always worked to provide scholarships through grant writing and fundraising on our own and with partner sites in order to support both diversifying our cohorts and ensuring that those further from social justice are able to attend.
For cohorts 35 A, B, & C in the summer of 2021, the fee for a partner that is a public institution or public-facing non-profit serving marginalized communities or community organizations is $3500. The fee for a private site partner is $5500. Partners may apply for additional scholarships based on the community they serve (e.g. the % of students of color or students receiving full/reduced price meals)
The scholarship portion of the Administrative Support Form must be completed by someone authorized to approve and receive funding and to support all aspects of the SEED seminar, including finances, logistics, and promotion of equitable education in the proposed SEED site. We must receive the scholarship portion and the full Administrative Support Form from the administrator as well as a completed New Leaders Application from each person who wishes to become a SEED leader.
The basic criteria for scholarships are:
- The partner site's capacity and commitment to host a SEED seminar for at least two years following receipt of the scholarship.
- The partner site's commitment that if the SEED seminar does not occur, the partner will owe the total amount of the scholarship to the National SEED Project.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need, diversity in terms of marginalized populations, and public mission of the site.
We anticipate that scholarships will range from $1000 to $4000
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks for helping to support greater equity and understanding at your institution.