QVS Atlanta

QVS Atlanta

2020-2021 Atlanta Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Elizabeth Fosler-Jones

Elizabeth Fosler-Jones was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and recently graduated from Bowdoin College. She majored in Africana Studies and during her time in college, worked at the on-campus grill, helped run the radio station, and spent two years writing for the newspaper. She co-founded and is now secretary of Yo Ghana!, a non-profit that helps connects students in the Pacific Northwest to students in Ghana through letter writing. This past summer, she worked as a legal intern in the Immigration Legal Services Department at Catholic Charities where she helped with legal research and put together client applications to send to USCIS. In her free time, she can be found reading, watching tv, writing letters, or going on walks. She is incredibly excited about exploring Atlanta and working with Purpose Built Schools this coming year.

Anna O'Driscoll

Anna O'Driscoll is originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, and is a recent graduate of McGill University, double majoring in geography and international development studies. In her time at McGill, she volunteered in conflict resolution workshops in local elementary schools and as a conversation monitor at a community center providing language classes to recent immigrants to Montreal. Through her participation in a research group looking at Canadian mining operations in Latin America, and a field study semester in Panama, she grew passionate about the intersections of social and environmental activism. She loves to play soccer, go for bike rides, and cook meals with friends. Anna grew up going to a Quaker summer camp, which contributed to her love of the outdoors and introduced her to Quakerism and spirituality. She is excited to learn more about service, social justice, and community this year, and looks forward to serving with the Partnership for Southern Equity.

Asa Kramer-Dickie

Asa Kramer-Dickie was born and raised here in Atlanta and grew up attending the Atlanta Friends Meeting. He has been profoundly impacted by the Quaker communities he has been a part of over the last decade and a half, and recently graduated from Earlham College with a degree in Peace and Global Studies and a minor in History. Over the past four years, Asa has been involved in a number of organizations/movements both on- and off-campus, ranging from workplace justice and labor organizing in Indiana, to Palestinian solidarity work on campus, to anti-racist work with white folks across the country, to issues of border justice, militarization, and migration. Asa is passionate about issues related to racial and economic justice, and the work of envisioning and creating a more just world. More than anything, though, Asa has a deep love for people, whether it is being in and building community, meeting new people, seeing the power people have when we come together, existing in communal space, or even walking through busy streets. In his free time, Asa enjoys reading, baking, late-night conversations, drinking too much caffeine, singing (when absolutely no one is around), biking, and eating sweet things. He is excited to be working at the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta.

Ava Thornton

Ava Thornton is an abolitionist from Hoboken, New Jersey and a recent graduate from Wesleyan University. She is invested in mutual aid and solidarity tactics for social change, and is curious about implementing restorative and transformative justice practices on a broader, more widely accepted level. Though not particularly spiritual or religious, Ava is a certified yoga instructor and sees movement and breath-work as an avenue for personal growth. While at Wesleyan, she double-majored in African American Studies and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and volunteered with Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education as a tutor at a maximum security men’s prison in Connecticut. For her senior capstone project, she wrote several essays over the course of two semesters which focused on envisioning a future beyond capitalism through re-imagining our relationships with one another. The essays highlighted a special focus on radical friendship, prison abolition, Indigenous activism, Black feminism and her personal reflections on trauma, family and belonging. She is excited to be working with the Southern Center for Human Rights for the upcoming QVS year.

Reva Kreeger

Reva Kreeger spent her childhood in Oxford, Mississippi, Silver Spring, Maryland, and Los Angeles, California – and has brought together bits and pieces of each place to create her own home. Most recently, she spent the past four years in Greensboro, North Carolina at Guilford College studying history and community studies. In college, Reva developed a passion for the power and liberatory potential of the stories we tell about ourselves and our communities. Through studying in Cuba and writing a thesis on the black freedom struggles in Greensboro in the late 20th century, she has found deep hope and inspiration in the ways people have and continue to build radical communities and social movements. Reva has been transformed with her work in southern racial and economic justice organizing, particularly with Beloved Community Center of Greensboro and Ignite NC. She also finds intense love, care, community, and growth in the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Quaker Camp world as a counselor and playmate. She is excited to continue with Quaker practice with QVS. Reva loves to frolic in the woods, dance wildly, be surrounded by her friends, and get really sweaty. She is very excited to be working with Georgia Conservation Voters this upcoming year.

Amanda Wessel

Amanda Wessel is from Takoma Park, Maryland and recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College outside of Philadelphia where she majored in Spanish and Geology. She got connected with the Quaker community during her summers attending and working at Catoctin Quaker Camp. In college she developed her spiritual community while working on a Baltimore Yearly Meeting group focused on racial justice in the summer camp programs as well as forming an independent anti-zionist jewish community on campus. She is also passionate about co-operative living and enjoyed living in Bryn Mawr’s environmental justice food co-op during college. She is very excited to get to know Atlanta and work with the ALCU of Atlanta on access to voting rights this coming year.

Tiauna Lewis

Tiauna Lewis grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where she got her start in social justice. She is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College, a historically Quaker institution, where she majored in history and minored in Black Studies and Religion. Tiauna has a long history of social justice advocacy through poetry. Tiauna was a member of multiple award-winning slam poetry teams and writes primarily about life as a queer, fat, Black woman. As a college student, Tiauna was active in the Black student community and the First-Generation, Low-Income community. Tiauna is a Mellon Mays Fellow and hopes to continue her education in a cultural studies field (undecided). Tiauna had a strong presence in the humanities research community at Swarthmore, completing long-term research projects on the Egyptianization of Ancient Nubia, the Intellectual History of US Black Feminism, and the historical impacts of the Thomas v. Hill Judiciary Committee hearings. Tiauna is passionate about creating communities and fostering meaningful relationships in her work. During her year with the Quaker Voluntary Service, Tiauna will work with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Support Meeting

Atlanta is our founding QVS City and where we welcomed our first cohort of QVS Fellows in 2012! The Atlanta QVS house is under the spiritual care of the Atlanta Friends Meeting and deeply supported by local Quakers.

There are many ways for Friends to get involved and support the QVS Atlanta program.

Contact #QVSATL

Click on the button below to contact City Coordinator, Rachael Carter, to learn more about the Atlanta program and to let us know how you want to be involved.

Atlanta Site Placements (click on any logo for more information)

Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist. The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

Candidates must:
-- Communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-- be trustworthy with confidential information;
-- be compassionate and patient with those in crisis;
-- be both a strong team player and able to work independently;
-- have a driver’ s license and be willing to travel one day per week in Georgia or Alabama (SCHR will provide a vehicle);
-- be committed to serving communities that are poor and/or other communities targeted by the criminal justice system, and
challenging the many problems with the criminal justice and death penalty systems.

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia

American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through litigation, lobbying, and communications, the ACLU of Georgia works to preserve and enhance the rights of all citizens of Georgia without political partisanship. Foremost among these rights are freedom of speech and religion, the right to equal treatment under law, and the right to privacy.

The national ACLU was founded in 1920 and is made up of 52 state affiliates. The Georgia affiliate, originally founded in 1970 is now comprised of 15 staff, 22,000 members (in all 159 counties of the state), and over 80,00 supporters. Each day, through community engagement, communications, lobbying, and litigation, the ACLU of Georgia fights to preserve and enhance the rights assured to all people without regard to politics or partisanship. We are a multi issue organization, with current priorities in voter rights and criminal justice reform. We stand for the right to vote, free speech, LGBT rights, racial justice, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, reproductive rights, immigrants’ rights, and other freedoms that are vital to our democracy.

Voter Rights Organizer-

The ACLU of GA seeks an energetic and dynamic voter rights organizer who will help grow and develop the affiliate’s capacity to educate and mobilize ACLU members, supporters and the general public around core voter rights issues, with an emphasis on the issue of redistricting. With the 2020 census approaching, we have an opportunity to advance an agenda that calls for a fair and transparent redistricting process while simultaneously working to correct the many barriers voters experienced in accessing the ballot in the 2018 election.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Organize community meetings and events on redistricting and other voter rights issues; this includes logistics, outreach, and helping to develop the agendas. Fellow will be trained in facilitation as well to be able to apply those skills in community meetings.
  • Coordinate in-district meetings with state legislators in target locations.
  • Coordinate volunteers to engage in on-the-ground monitoring of the election process, including attending Election Board meetings in target locations.
  • Develop and/or execute creative tactics to educate, engage and mobilize ACLU members and the public to get involved in our campaign; similarly, develop and/or execute tactics that engage elected officials to champion our issues.
Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta

The Furniture Bank's mission is to create stability for families and individuals in need by distributing donated furniture to turn their houses into homes.

The Furniture Bank was founded in 1988 in response to the lack of furniture resources for families moving out of homelessness. In 2010 the Furniture Bank purchased a warehouse in the West End of Atlanta. After necessary renovations the Furniture Bank moved to this warehouse in 2012. Since its start in 1988 the Furniture Bank has grown to partner with over 200 other nonprofit agencies in the Atlanta area and help over 5,000 people each year. In 2014 the Furniture Bank began its Veteran Employment Program to help homeless Veterans obtain full time employment in the warehouse and truck driving industries.

The Furniture Bank serves individuals and families moving out of homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, living with HIV/AIDS, and living below the poverty level and experiencing a crisis that has left them without furniture (such as fire, flooding, bed bugs, etc.). Furniture Bank clients are in housing without any basic furniture necessities. Some have never had proper furniture. Most are sleeping and eating on the floor.

The Furniture Bank helps clients become self-sufficient by improving financial, physical and emotional health. In a follow-up survey ninety days after receiving furniture, 96% of Furniture Bank clients report that they have maintained safe and stable housing. The Furniture Bank has 12 full time staff persons and 1 location. In 2019 the Furniture Bank provided furniture to 5,613 people, an 11% increase from 2018.

The QVS Fellow will further the Furniture Bank’s mission in a variety of ways. Some are listed below:

Program Associate:

Client Services:
• Help clients select furniture during private shopping appointments
• Answering phone calls from clients and answering questions about the referral process

Volunteer Coordination:
• Help lead volunteer groups from churches and companies

Marketing/Development:
• Help with Furniture Bank fundraisers as needed
• Help with client testimonials for marketing purposes

Veteran Employment Program:
• Help veterans with resumes and job applications

Typically people who do best at the Furniture Bank are comfortable taking initiative, flexible and have a sense of humor. The Fellow will be given supervision and direction but will be expected to work independently.

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence's mission is: Collaborate. Advocate. Educate. Empower. GCADV envisions a Georgia free of domestic violence. GCADV's guiding principles and core values include: Empowerment and Self-Determination; Safety; Diversity and Equality; Survivor-centered Response; Social Change and Collaboration; Systems Accountability; Commitment to Nonviolence; Confidentiality; Integrity; Safe Space; Responsibility to Mission and Team; Remembering and honoring the “Herstory” of the Movements; Celebrate. Our goals are to empower survivors and the programs that serve them, educate the public, and advocate for responsive public policy. Our strength is in numbers, as we collaborate throughout Georgia to stop domestic violence. We support our mission by fostering quality services for victims by increasing the capacity of members and service providers, mobilizing a statewide voice to increase public policy development that helps victims and prevents DV, and educating the public to take action and prevent domestic violence. Overall, GCADV values, Equity, Wholeness, and Freedom.

Originally formed as a grassroots volunteer agency in 1980 as the Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence, the organization grew out of the overwhelming need for domestic violence agencies to form a statewide network of programs to coordinate and expand the services available to victims of domestic violence in Georgia, increase public awareness, and achieve crucial legislation to protect domestic violence victims, including state-funding for domestic violence programs. GCADV has a staff of 14 and is located in Decatur, GA. Projects include: Training & TA, Child & Youth, Community Engagement, Disabilities, Deaf Advocacy, Housing, Public Policy, Justice for Incarcerated Survivors. GCADV serves the State of Georgia.

Position Description:Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project Coordinator
This position will coordinate the Justice for Incarcerated Survivors Project (JFIS), oversee project evaluation and outcome measurement for GCADV programs, oversee the Homicide Database, and conduct policy research as needed. This is a dynamic and exciting position that will be a cornerstone in the development of GCADV’s efforts to address domestic violence (DV) from a myriad of frameworks.

As the coordinator of the JFIS this person will work with the Dept. of Corrections, Board of Pardons and Paroles, and volunteer advocates and attorneys to assist women in Georgia’s prison who are victims of DV to assist those whose victimization played a significant impact on their imprisonment.
This position would also support GCADV’s evaluation activities and is responsible for assisting GCADV staff with project evaluation and monitoring, designing evaluation and data collection tools, collecting and analyzing data, and incorporating data and evaluation findings into project reports and other key GCADV communications. In addition this position would oversee the data collection for the domestic violence homicide database and conduct policy research to help guide GCADV’s public policy agenda.

It would be ideal for the person filling this position to have experience in project oversight, design, and management, the ability to work with populations in and from a wide range of systems and backgrounds, experience in project evaluation and design, and an abundant interest in social justice work.

Georgia Conservation Voters

The Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund's mission is to mobilize Georgians to advance climate and environmental justice through education, advocacy, and other forms of civic engagement. GCV believes that everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, eat healthy foods and live in a world free from environmental harm. The GCV Education Fund envisions a future where Georgians and their leaders have changed to place a high priority on building a just, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient state. Since re-launching in 2018, we have been working to advance progress on clean energy and environmental justice and to grow the civic participation of environmentalists. We are focused on mobilizing in communities all throughout Georgia, including the state’s major cities and some rural areas. Our team is made up of four wonderful people that can be found on our website.

Clean Energy For All Fellow-
The Clean Energy for All Fellow will support our Clean Energy Organizer in educating members and customers about the purpose and actions of Electric Membership Co-ops and municipal utilities and supporting them to become active in board elections to advance clean energy and efficiency throughout the state. Alongside our organizers, fellows will support building a sustained organizing and grassroots action effort in priority areas of the state, which include: metro Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah/Brunswick, Albany, and Columbus. All of these areas that have large concentrations of African American and low-income people, people who are burdened by high utility bills, and/or are in close proximity to power infrastructure (i.e. Plant Vogtle near Augusta). This person’s main roles include reaching out to and training younger and more diverse voters of color on environmental issues; This role works closely with community partners, progressive coalitions, and national League of Conservation Voters Education Fund Clean Energy for All partners and staff for a strong program that drives individuals through the full cycle of civic engagement. Key qualifications include 0 - 2 years of experience working on voter registration, political campaigns, community organizing, or labor organizing campaigns; Ability to work independently within the context of a plan; Experience with organizing communities of color; Experience communicating about issues on social media; and using online database and field reporting systems, like EveryAction or the VAN.

Partnership for Southern Equity

Partnership for Southern Equity  (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

(PSE), has been advancing the cause of equity through a ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement in the City of Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan region – a bustling area emblematic of many Southern communities riven by racial, economic and class disparities.

Using its strength in its ability to connect, educate, and empower diverse individuals and organizations to encourage just, sustainable practices for shared prosperity, PSE has stood at the forefront of promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

Focusing on three key areas: energy, growth and opportunity, PSE has developed strong partnerships, which have resulted in a series of successful policy initiatives that helped elevate and enable the communities we serve.

Just Growth Racial Equity Fellow:
The QVS Fellow will be responsible for communications needs of the Just Growth Portfolio, including preparation of brief articles, social media posts, updating web content and ongoing communications with Just Growth Circle members and key stakeholders. Fellow will also be working directly with community leaders in southeast Atlanta around the equitable and ecological revitalization of their community - assisting with logistics and communications regarding community planning sessions. Fellow will also assist with deliver of community academy on equitable development practices. Written and verbal communication skills essential, as well as comfort working directly with community members. Organizational skills also critical

Purpose Built Schools

Purpose Built Schools mission is to turn around failing schools and put all children on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers. In the process, we will help revitalize the neighborhood they serve.

Our vision of success is to see every child living in our neighborhoods on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers.

Purpose Built Schools has a proven record of helping turn around schools in historically low-income neighborhoods. Not far away in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood, we helped open Drew Charter School in 2000, providing the cradle-to-college education pipeline for the holistic community revitalization of the East Lake community in southeast Atlanta. We manage four schools (two elementary, one middle and one high school) in the south Atlanta neighborhoods. Purpose Built Schools is solely responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating all ~350 of our school personnel. Every adult at our schools is a Purpose Built Schools employee.

The schools in our neighborhoods serve some of the most under-served families living in poverty in the state. Carver STEAM Academy has the most students living in poverty of any high school in Georgia. Price Middle School and Thomasville Heights Elementary School have the second most students living in poverty for any middle and elementary schools in Georgia. Slater Elementary School has the 37th highest number of students living in poverty for an elementary school in Georgia.

Classroom Assistant, Small group literacy/math instructor, College and Career persistence counselor-
EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
a. Planning, implementing, and monitoring instruction and interventions as necessary
b. Leveraging robust research-based curricula, resources, and strategies to enhance instruction
c. Using a variety of data collection measures to drive instruction and intervention.
d. Fostering classroom culture that facilitates intrinsic drive for learning and personal growth among students.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
a. Participating in joint planning during teacher planning time.
b. Reflecting on teaching practices and seeking appropriate help and support from the leadership team.
c. Collaborating through learning communities on topics of mutual interest, such as vertical alignment of the curriculum, literacy strategies, etc.
COLLABORATIVE AND TEAM ORIENTED
a. Leading joint planning or collaborative learning communities, when appropriate to the candidate's interests and strengths.
SERVING THE WHOLE CHILD
a. Proactively communicate with family and/or guardians.
b. Involve community stakeholders in learning experiences for students, when appropriate.
c. Other duties as assigned.

Southern Education Foundation

The Southern Education Foundation's mission is to advance creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and low-income students in the South.

For more than 150 years, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) has been a leader in advancing creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for students of color and low-income students in the South. Our work is achieved through analyzing and amplifying promising ideas through research, government affairs, and developing and growing the capacity of leaders and influencers in the field of education.

We envision a world where every student, regardless of background, enjoys an education that propels them toward the opportunity-rich life they deserve. In our effort to resolve the educational inequity that exists in this nation, we leverage research to identify and highlight issues that impact student learning outcomes occurring along racial and socioeconomic lines. Designed to educate the public to act, our evidence travels two important routes at the same time by providing capacity building support to school system leaders and advocates. School system leaders utilize research to inform their approach to reconciling the most pressing equity challenges and barriers to learning their students face. In turn, they gauge what’s working in practice given the realities that exist in classrooms across the South. Advocates take the evidence and use it in ground softening efforts with families, community members, and policy influencers to promote solutions that work for all students. Our government affairs efforts concentrate on relaying lessons learned from both the classroom and advocacy sphere, offering information to policymakers they can relate to their specific southern state context in order to advance an accountability structure rooted in equity. The outcome is the cultivation of a pipeline of leaders and an exchange of ideas across sectors and systems that advance our collective vision for educational equity.

Our team of twelve consists of directors, analysts, associates, administrative staff and consultants. Our office is in the heart of downtown Atlanta--just steps away from Georgia State University and Centennial Olympic Park and a quick drive to the Georgia State Capitol.

Legislative and Research Fellow-
The Fellow will work directly with government affairs, policy and research team members to:
• Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the state level, such as legislative research, briefing/hearings attendance, and memo drafting.
• Complete research tasks as assigned, such as conducting literature reviews and background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations.
• Other administrative duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for recent graduates interested in the intersection of research, public policy, law and education. The ideal candidate will possess:
• Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, state policies and processes, advocacy or within the education field.
• An understanding of the historical context of racial inequity in the South and its present-day implications
• A commitment to equity and passion to support African American and low-income students in the South.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Familiarity and experience with research and analysis.
• Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

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