Applications are now being accepted for Americans United’s Youth Organizing Fellowship for 2023-24.
The Fellowship is a paid opportunity for young people ages 18-25 to grow as leaders, build power with a national cohort of youth organizers and advocate for church-state separation. Americans United will select 10 fellows 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.
The Youth Organizing Fellowship will run from September 2023 through August 2024. The program kicks off in September with online introductory meetings followed in October by an in-person weekend-long gathering in Washington, D.C., during which fellows will get to meet AU and each other, learn new skills and strategize for the coming year. The fellows will continue to meet monthly by video for ongoing training and support while organizing in their communities across the country.
Fellows are expected to use the information, skills and resources they gain to raise awareness about AU’s mission, educate their communities about the importance of church-state separation and activate members of their communities to take action. Fellows get to design their own projects to organize events or activities that educate and mobilize their communities.
Applicants should bring some knowledge and experience but also be excited to learn more. Fellows must be able to commit to 5-10 hours per month organizing with Americans United, and they should 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 and will receive a stipend.
Applications will be accepted until June 12. For more information about the Youth Organizing Fellowship and how to apply, or to RSVP for an information session for applicants in June, visit www.au.org/youthfellows.