Apply to 2016-2017 PILOT - Program Deadline July 31st

We are thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (PILOT) Program. If you are an immigrant, refugee or asylee who has a passion for uplifting your community and you want to learn the skills to make change, please apply! This is an invaluable opportunity to learn and build relationships across communities.



PILOT is a unique program that enhances the skills, analysis and organizing ability of emerging immigrant and refugee leaders across cultural groups. PILOT builds long-term relationships between diverse immigrant and refugee communities in Portland and builds the capacity and voice of new communities to affect change.

Program Elements:

Over the course of 9 months, participants convene for four, two and a half day weekend retreats, where they participate in workshops such as: basics of city government; introduction to community organizing; politics of oppression; power analysis; cross-cultural community movement building; conflict resolution; base-building; media strategy and many more aspects that are relevant to the experiences of immigrants, refugees and people of color in general. Additional gatherings are held throughout the year at the Unite Oregon formerly known as Center for Intercultural Organizing and there will be outings to nearby natural areas. During this program, participants put their training into practice by learning how to testify at City Council, talk with your state representatives, attend public meetings and implement community projects.

PILOT 2016-2017 Dates:

October 7-9: Alton L Collins Conference & Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, OR
January 13-15: Retreat in Portland, OR
March 10-12: Anderson Lodge, Ariel, WA
May 12-13: Retreat in Portland, OR and Graduation

PILOT participant qualifications:

- Must have the direct experience as an immigrant, refugee, or asylee
- Must be able to participate in all PILOT retreats
- Must be willing to learn in a safe space where we respect and honor the views and opinions of people from diverse backgrounds
- Must have a passion for social change and serving the community
- English is not a requirement, interpretation can/will be provided

All program costs are covered:

The PILOT Program will be free-of-charge for participants. However, the program is very cost intensive for Unite Oregon. We spend, on average, approximately $5,000 per participant. Therefore, we require all participants to commit fully to the yearlong program and sign a Personal Agreement with Unite Oregon formerly known as Center for Intercultural Organizing. No Exceptions!

Application Process:

If you are interested in being part of the PILOT class of 2016-2017,Click the following link to apply:

Apply for the 2016-2017 PILOT Program

Or, if you are unable to apply online, stop by the Unite Oregon formerly known as Center for Intercultural Organizing office at 700 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217, Monday-Friday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm or call Zack at (503)505-8836 to be mailed an application.

We will be receiving applications until Sunday, July 31st. Unite Oregon formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing staff will contact you for an interview shortly after the application deadline. All applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified by Thursday, September 1st, and will receive free tickets to Unite Oregon formerly Center for Intercultural Organizing Annual Dinner Date and Location To be Determined (TBD)

For more information about the program or application process, please contact Zack Mohamed: or (503)-505-8836.

Thanks, and we can't wait to get your applications!!!