Today we are announcing the call to entry for our 2021 Creator Diversity Program (CDP). The second annual CDP is designed to provide Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming content creators from underrepresented groups — including, without limitation, Black, People of Color (PoC), Women, LGBTQ+, and Individuals with disabilities — with professional livestreaming services, equipment, support, and mentorship to accelerate their content creation careers and to help them optimize for success.
The 2021 CDP takes elements and insights from the 2020 flagship program to create a more robust experience for the new class of 15 applicants. This includes the following:
- Monthly workshops and educational sessions featuring industry and on-staff experts
- A dedicated StreamElements Creator Success manager and access to a VIP Discord Server
- $1,500 USD in Amazon gift cards to purchase content creation equipment (peripherals, hardware, software, etc.)
- Up to $2,500 USD paid to the third-party artist(s) of recipient creator’s choice for channel graphics (alerts, overlays, emotes, etc.)
- Up to $1,000 USD paid to the third-party individual(s) of recipient creator’s choice for professional services (video editing, headshots etc.)
- To assist recipients with upgrading their streaming setup, Razer will be providing a webcam and a microphone from their elite suite of broadcast products
To further elevate the initiative, we hired Kacie Harold as a dedicated manager for the program. She spent the last 10 years working at the intersection of digital technology and human rights. This includes developing DE&I programs for Wikipedia editors and producing a toolkit used by technologists in more than 30 countries to learn how to build safer, more inclusive tech products. Here is what she has to say about the program…
“The Creator Diversity Program was inspired by the adversity many marginalized groups face in the games and livestreaming industry such as harassment and limited access to guidance, gear, and support. By providing professional tools, services, and mentorship it will help ensure they have a more solid foundation for advancing in a field where the cards are often stacked against them.”
To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a member of an underrepresented group (including, without limitation, Black, People of Color (PoC), Women, LGBTQ+, and Individuals with disabilities).
- Stream at least twice (2x) per week and/or upload two videos per week on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook Gaming.
- Be 18 years or older.
For the complete list of rules and regulations and to apply for the Creator Diversity Program, visit: StreamElements.com/CreatorProgram
- The Creator Diversity Program application deadline is October 22, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.
- Selected recipients will be notified by November 10, 2021.
- The program will begin on November 30, 2021 and will run through October 2022.
2020 Program Feedback
The inaugural 2020 program was a learning experience and by listening to the amazing recipients it enabled StreamElements to transform and improve the program as it went along. This flexibility paved the way for the program to continue and evolve for the 2021 iteration. Some of the feedback received from the 2020 class includes:
- “Being a part of the StreamElements program has been a massive learning experience, especially having the opportunity to connect and learn from industry professionals. As a black, trans content creator it has been very hard to find organizations that truly understand and want to uplift marginalized voices. StreamElements did that and more. They listened to our feedback and continue to support diversity in the content creation space so I am extremely proud to be a part of the inaugural group.” — CtrlAltQuin
- “A major impact of the program was being exposed to professionals within the industry who I could speak to for advice and learning about how to reach out to the brands I wanted to work with, building my personal brand, and best practices to set myself up for success. The program also allowed me to work with new streamers who I now consider my friends and I can collaborate with on stream or in videos.” — SpringSims
- “The program taught me so much about getting myself out there and making a difference as a content creator. It also had a major impact on me since I met so many other creators who were dealing with some of the same challenges. They are now like family and I love watching them grow as much as I have.” — Tiffany Witcher
To view profiles of ALL the 2020 recipients and other DEI-related news, check out the Diversity section on our blog.
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