Apply for the 2017-2018 PILOT Program

Apply for PILOT

We are delighted to announce that our Pan Immigrant Leadership Organizing Training (PILOT) 2017-2018 cohort applications are now open! Unite Oregon, in partnership with the City of Portland, provides this leadership development program to 25 emerging refugee and immigrant leaders in Portland through a structure built on a popular education model. We center the direct lived experiences and knowledge of cohort members, who are both learners and teachers with many skills to offer in organizing efforts. 


PILOT Program Approach:
The PILOT Program seeks to address the challenges faced by emerging refugee and immigrant leaders and groups through strategic support and skill building convening’s. Over 12 months, the program will:

  • Support individual leaders from various immigrant and refugee communities to build a shared analysis for organizing;
  • Strengthen the capacity of immigrants and refugees to build power for their communities through in depth skill building, leadership development and mentoring; and
  • Develop and maintain a long-term multi-ethnic coalition of immigrant and refugee leaders, who can work together on issue campaigns.

PILOT 2017-2018 Dates

  • PILOT 1: Oct. 13th-15thAnderson Lodge, Ariel, WA
  • PILOT 2: January 19th-21st at Unite Portland office
  • PILOT 3: March 9th-11thAnderson Lodge, Ariel, WA
  • PILOT 4: May 11 & 12th, City of Portland

Program Elements - Training and workshops: Participants convene quarterly (four times per year) for 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; issue selection and campaign planning; cross-cultural community movement building; conflict resolution; base-building; media strategy and many more aspects that are relevant to the experiences of immigrants, refugees people of color overall. Retreats will take place in Portland and at various retreat centers throughout the Northwest. In addition, participants meet every other month for a Saturday meeting. The trainers of these workshops come from local, regional and national institutions. Trainers have extensive expertise and are among the best in their field.

Field Training for Participants: During this program, participants will put their training into practice by testifying at City Council, holding press conferences, attending public meetings and implementing short term issue campaigns or community projects, which they will then evaluate. Project work and check-ins will be scheduled on a regular basis. All participants are expected to take part in at least three civic activities at the organizational, city, community or state level.

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 $7,000 per participant. Therefore, we require all participants to commit fully to the yearlong program and sign a Personal Agreement with Unite Oregon. No Exceptions!

 Unite Oregon will provide language interpreting and written translation to those who need it.

To apply now: Applications are open from Thursday, June 1 through Monday July 31, 2017 @ 5:00pm. No exceptions! To apply, follow this online application link. Our Unite Oregon staff will contact you in early August to schedule an interview. Cohort members will be selected by first week of September, if you are able to commit to all 4 PILOT retreat dates.  

For more information, please contact:
 Oscar Guerra-Vera ( or at (503) 287-4117 ext. 114  

We look forward to receiving your PILOT applications. To read more about Unite Oregon's leadership development programs, please visit our website

Best regards,  

Oscar Guerra-Vera