Apply to be a Youth Organizing Fellow

Americans United’s Youth Organizing Fellowship is a paid opportunity to grow as a leader, build power with a national cohort of youth organizers, and advocate for the separation of church and state.

Want to learn more? Click here  to watch a recording of our Info Session for Applicants.

You’ll get to hear from AU staff and current Fellows about what to expect in the program and application process, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Overview

The Americans United Youth Organizing Fellowship is an opportunity for young leaders from across the country to strengthen their advocacy skills and lead the fight for our First Amendment right to live as we are and believe as we choose so long as we don’t harm others.

We are now recruiting for the September 2022-August 2023 cohort. Americans United will select ten Fellows ages 18-25 who come from different backgrounds, work on a variety of issues that intersect with separation of religion and government, and have shared values of religious freedom and equality for all.

This Fellowship is right for you if you are already an activist in your community and want to dive deeper into advocacy for separation of church and state. You should bring some knowledge and experience but also be excited to learn more. You should be a passionate advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, the nonreligious, women, and communities of color. You might be advocating for campus, city, state, or federal policy change; building interfaith or cross-movement coalitions; or running programs to educate your peers. Maybe you run a faith-based or secular student group, work for an LGBTQ+ youth center, lead campaigns for social change, or play another leadership role in your community. Click here to learn more about our past fellows.

If you’re applying for this paid Fellowship, you should be able to commit significant time to organizing with Americans United and be excited to work in collaboration with youth activists from across the country to lead AU’s strategy for youth engagement. Fellows will have ample opportunities for professional development, receive a $1,350 stipend, and gain access to support and resources to organize in your community. Fellows must be able to attend a convening in DC and commit to the full year-long program (details below), including reliable access to the internet and video, such as a smartphone or computer.

The fellowship will kick off with a virtual meeting to get to know AU and each other before meeting in person for a weekend in Washington, DC. During this intensive convening, Fellows will learn key information and advocacy skills and begin planning for the coming year. Fellows will continue to meet twice per month by video, as a group and one-on-one with the program manager, for ongoing training and support. Fellows are expected to use the information and skills they gain to organize in their community, educate and recruit new supporters for AU, and host at least one educational or advocacy event in partnership with AU.

Skills you can expect to gain or strengthen during the Fellowship:

  • Deep understanding of the separation of church and state
  • Advocacy and organizing skills, including power analysis, relational organizing, coalition building, and more
  • Working with people of different faith traditions
  • Effective communication and public speaking

People of color, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, low-income people, and others who are directly impacted by and from communities disproportionately impacted by discrimination in the name of religious freedom are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply to the Youth Organizing Fellowship, complete this application form and submit a resume via email. Email your resume as an attachment to [email protected] with the subject line “Your Full Name – Fellowship Application”.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

If you have any questions about the application or the Fellowship, contact [email protected]

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