Slant'd Amplifiers Program

Our Mission: To cultivate the community that Asian Americans want, need, and deserve.

Are you passionate about making change in the AAPI community?
Are you someone who can’t get enough of in-person gatherings?
Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to help us build the future of Asian America?

If you answered HELL YES to any of the above questions, then you just might be a great fit for our Amplifier Program!

Slant'd Amplifiers are amazing AAPIs who are committed to curating and hosting meaningful community gatherings on behalf of Slant’d. This is a unique opportunity to grow and give back to your local community, make new friends, and develop badass leadership skills.

The perfect Amplifier…

  • Lives in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, or San Francisco/Bay Area
  • Believes in and aligns with the Slant’d mission/goals
  • Is curious and cares about issues that affect the AAPI community
  • Has a strong network within the AAPI community, or can demonstrate the ability to be proactive in developing connections
  • Has event planning/management experience and skills, or are can proactively do outreach and build partnerships with local businesses, creatives, & venues
  • Demonstrates strong leadership, time, and project management skills
    Can rally a group of people around a shared mission or cause
  • Can rally a group of people around a shared mission or cause

Amplifier perks

  • Exclusive Amplifier-only merch
  • Free copy of our latest literary print magazine
  • VIP access to Slant’d gatherings
  • Amplifier editorial features on Slant’d social media and our monthly newsletter
  • New friends (including the Slant'd Core Team!)
  • Real-world leadership skill building
  • Exposure to a vibrant network of AAPI brands, organizations, and businesses

What it takes to be an Amplifier

As a predominantly volunteer-based organization, we need folks who can get shit done and have fun while doing it!

Each city will have at least three (3) Amplifiers and be supported by our Director of Community. Together, you will be expected to:

  • Host a minimum of one (1) event per quarter—that’s four (4) events total per year;
  • Manage event marketing and ticketing;
  • Provide on-site event support (e.g., recruiting and managing volunteers, vendors, performers & selling Slant’d magazines and merch);
  • Participate in quarterly virtual check-ins with the Director of Community (+ additional prep meetings as needed)
  • Plan our annual Slant’d Birthday celebration

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for 2020. Applications for 2021 will be open in November! Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to apply.

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Program Details

When does the Amplifier program begin?

All Amplifiers will be onboarded in mid-December for the upcoming year.

How long is the commitment for being an Amplifier?

We ask for a minimum of one (1) calendar year (January-December 2020). In December, we’ll do a holistic review of your experience. Depending on the outcome of that review and your interest, you’ll have the option to continue being an Amplifier for the next year!

How many Amplifiers are there for each city?

Each city will have 3 Amplifiers (Lead, Talent, and Partnerships). You’ll work together to concept and produce gatherings for your city and be supported by our Director of Community (part of the Slant’d Core Team).

Who will I work with?

In addition to your local Amplifiers, you will also be plugged into a national community of Amplifiers whom you can brainstorm with, exchange tips/tricks with, or just hang out with whenever you’re visiting one of the 4 cities!

What types of gatherings are we expected to host?

That’s up to you! Amplifiers get complete creative ownership over our gatherings. We’re looking to YOU, the local expert, to dream up meaningful ways to satisfy your city’s cravings for community—whether that’s a musubi-making party, an astrology workshop, a story slam, a happy hour, or a variety show… the sky’s the limit. The only mandatory gathering is our annual magazine launch party, which will take place every October to celebrate our latest issue. You also get to plan the Slant'd birthday party for the entire squad!

How much time is required to be an Amplifier?

This experience will be what you make of it. Each city is expected to host a minimum of 1 gathering per quarter (that’s 4 gatherings total per year), so it’s up to you to decide how much time it will take to pull that off for your team of Amplifiers.

Will I get paid as an Amplifier?

Yes—but in hugs, swag, friendship, and gratitude! We’re looking for folks who are motivated by passion and a genuine desire to uplift the AAPI community. If you’re in this for the money, then this may not be a good fit for you.

Are there any costs/fees associated with being an Amplifier?

No. The Director of Community will provide a budget for the year. Each city will be responsible for securing its own sponsors & partners, with all proceeds raised going back into future gatherings for that city and the Slant'd organization.

What resources/support  does the Slant’d Core Team provide?

Each city will receive a large batch of files (e.g., brand assets, templates, sample marketing materials, volunteer guides) and an online handbook to help get things off the ground. All Amplifiers will be connected via a dedicated Slack channel, where you can also chat with the Slant’d Core Team. Our Director of Community will be a go-to resource throughout the year.

What happens if I become an Amplifier and want to pass the torch to someone else?

We have an exit process, but we ask that you give us a 4 month notice. If you have someone in mind to take your place, you can nominate them (your endorsement allows them to go through an expedited application process). Otherwise, we’ll open up applications to the community.


Who’s eligible to be an Amplifier?

We are looking to bring on a diverse group of AAPI-identifying Amplifiers—across gender, race, ethnicity, perspectives, and skill sets—who are passionate about uplifting the AAPI community and have experience with event planning.

What if I don’t live in one of the four cities (LA, NY, SF, Denver)?

These are our focus areas for 2020. We’d love to expand beyond those in 2021, so if your community wants and needs Slant’d, email us and we’ll add it to the list!

Are creatives the only ones allowed to apply?

Everyone is creative in their own way. We encourage anyone with a passion for hosting in-person gatherings to apply.

The application process

What do you ask for in the application?

It’s 2 parts: 1) a written portion that asks about your interest in Slant’d and relevant experience; and 2) a short 5 minute video of you sharing an idea for a Slant’d gathering.

What are some qualities you look for in an Amplifier?  

Thoughtfulness, passion, creativity, enthusiasm, curiosity, co-creative spirit, an independent but collaborative work ethic, and a get-shit-done attitude.

Why do you ask for a video?

We believe that a video is the easiest (and most fun) way to get a quick snapshot of your personality & creativity. Don’t take yourself (or the video) too seriously. Have fun with it!