May 2024 Church & State Magazine - May 2024

AU urges young activists to apply for Youth Organizing Fellowship

 

YOF members in New Orleans: Get involved!

Applications are now being accepted for Americans United’s Youth Organizing Fellowship.

The Fellowship is a paid opportunity for young people ages 18-25 to develop leadership skills, build power with a national cohort of youth organizers and advocate for church-state separation. Americans United will look for young people who are willing to work on a variety of issues that intersect with separation of religion and government and who have shared values of religious freedom and equality.

The Youth Organizing Fellowship will run from September 2024 through August 2025. The program starts in September with online introductory meetings followed in October by an in-person weekend-long convening in Washington, D.C., during which Fellows will get to meet AU and each other, learn new skills and strategize for the coming year. Then 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 motivate 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 offer 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 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 receive a stipend.

Applications will be accepted until June 30. For more information about and to apply to the Youth Organizing Fellowship, or to RSVP for an information session for applications in May, visit www.au.org/youthfellows.

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