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Do you want Indianapolis to be free of gun violence and mass incarceration? Are you street smart, quick to intervene in a crisis, able to move people to act collectively for their own liberation?

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IndyCAN’s prestigious LIVE FREE Fellowship is a full-time, four-month, field-intensive position for community leaders interested in a career in community organizing and trauma.

Fellows will:

  • engage the youth who are most at risk of either being victim or perpetrator of gun violence
  • connect them to concrete alternatives
  • organize with them and those who love them for systemic change that puts the dignity of Black and Brown lives at the center.

IndyCAN is leading change on mass incarceration, gun violence

Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN) is a catalyst for marginalized peoples and faith communities to act collectively for racial and economic justice. IndyCAN organizes to end mass incarceration and gun violence, protect immigrant rights, and promote economic dignity. IndyCAN is an anchor city of PICO’s LIVE FREE Campaign that built unique partnerships among clergy, affected youth, law enforcement, and service providers to cut homicides in half in city after city. Learn more at and

LIVE FREE Fellows will engage people directly impacted by gun violence.

This position will engage people directly impacted by gun violence to work alongside decision-makers to shape a comprehensive violence reduction strategy to reach our goal: Drop Indianapolis homicides by 30% the end of the 2018.

Responsibilities include

  • Conducting 200 home visits in 16 weeks to youth ages 14-24, identified as highly likely to engage in gun violence, and —as credible messengers — direct individuals away from violence, connect them to needed services, and connect them to opportunities to shape solutions
  • Establishing strong relationships and understanding of youth in the areas where they spend time (street corners, parks, etc).
  • Intervening in conflict situations before they become violent
  • Organizing community ‘Call-ins’, faith walks and other strategies to deliver a community-driven ‘anti-violence’ message
  • Building LIVE FREE community teams of youth directly impacted by gun violence, teams that grow a base of community supporters to take action and work alongside decision makers to shape proven strategies to reduce gun violence and mass incarceration
  • Training grassroots leaders in community organizing for social change: meeting with public officials, town halls, direct action, media events, etc.
  • Maintaining strong records and documentation

Successful Fellows will be familiar with Indianapolis gang communities and be able to:

  • Respond to crisis situations on a 24-hour basis
  • Work with members of rival groups in rival neighborhoods without bias or prejudice
  • Gain confidence of and establish relationships with high-risk and aggressive youth, young adults, and their families
  • Maintain professional boundaries while being a positive role model
  • Problem solve and provide intervention for individual and community crisis situations, such as interventions with victims, offenders and their families
  • Magnetize and develop all kinds of people — grassroots leaders, clergy, elected officials, law enforcement, service providers and media — to act on common goals
  • Work with youth of any racial, ethnic or religious background or sexual orientation
  • Learn new computer systems easily
  • Own a car and possess a valid Indiana Driver’s license.

Personal Characteristics of a Qualified Candidate

  • Thrives under pressure
  • Curious
  • Loves people 
  • Relentless
  • ‘Do whatever it takes’ approach 
  • High emotional intelligence 
  • Eager to learn 
  • Good listener 
  • Works well with people of different backgrounds
  • Ability to quickly build rapport 
  • Political sophistication as relates to organizing strategies 
  • Able to independently set goals and use them to guide daily actions 
  • Open to evaluation and direction from supervisor and peer learning with agitation from colleagues 
  • Comfortable with tension

Fellowship Details

  • This position is full-time.
  • Candidates must be willing to work evening and weekends and be available 24/7 to respond to crisis situations. 
  • Some travel required. 
  • Fellows will receive:
    • a competitive monthly stipend
    • the best on-the-ground training available
    • mileage reimbursement
    • a cell phone. 
  • Successful fellows, who demonstrate high performance and results, will be considered for career-track professional organizing positions with IndyCAN and LIVE Free.

Please read before applying

All applicants must apply for this position online.

To receive first consideration, APPLY BY Sept. 11. Hiring begins immediately.

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