TGNC Summer Advocacy Shadow Program


The Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Summer Advocacy Shadow Program will select six (6) New York residents who identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming between the ages 16-24 to take part in a one-week intensive summer shadow program. This program will provide an opportunity for our next generation of leaders to become civically engaged in policy and advocacy. This program will allow young adults use their lived experiences to help elected officials understand how their policies directly affect them and their TGNC community.


Day 1: Orientation (New York City)

Presentation #1: Team Building 

Presentation #2: Basic Civics & Government Course 

Presentation #3: Strategic Storytelling 

Day 2: City Council (New York City)

Presentation #4: History & Basics of NYC City Council 

Trip #1: City Council Chambers (NYC)

Panel #1: City Council Elected Officials Q & A

Day 3: Assembly/State Senate (Albany, NY) 

Presentation #5: History & Basics of NYS Assembly & State Senate 

Trip #2: State House (Albany, NY)

Presentation #6: Shadowing Etiquette 101

 Day 4: Assembly/State Senate (Albany, NY)

Shadow #1: 4 Hour Shadow w/ Elected Official 

Presentation #7: Lessons Learned 

 Day 5: Presentations (New York City)

Presentation #8: Create a Presentation 

Presentation Prep 

Reception & Participant Presentations 

The program will run from Monday, May 27, 2019 – Friday, May 31, 2019 and participants must be able to attend the entire program. All travel and logging will be compensated and each participant will receive a $500 stipend on full-completion of the program. 


·     Identify as Transgender and/or Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary 

·     Be between the age of 16-24 (16 & 17 year olds must have a guardian’s permission to participate). 

·     Live in New York City (NYC)

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019

Interview(s): Friday, March 22, 2019 - Friday, April 5, 2019

Participants Selected: Friday, April 12, 2019

Program Dates: Monday, May 27, 2019 – Friday, May 31, 2019


Application Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019

Any questions can be directed to Oscar Noel Fitzpatrick at: