May 2022 Church & State Magazine

Calling Youth Activists To Apply for AU’s 2022-2023 Youth Organizing Fellowship

  Calling Youth Activists To Apply for AU’s 2022-2023 Youth Organizing Fellowship

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 grow as a leader, build power with a national cohort of youth organizers and advocate for religious freedom and the separation of religion and government. 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 2022 through August 2023. The program kicks off in September with an online introductory meeting and 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 events and campaigns in their communities.

Applicants should bring some knowledge and experience, but also be excited to learn more. They should be passionate advocates for the rights of LGBTQ people, religious minorities, the nonreligious, women and communities of color. They might be advocating for campus, city, state or federal policy change; building interfaith or cross-movement coalitions; or running programs to educate their peers. Fellows 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 and receive a stipend.

Applications will be accepted until July 5. For more information about and to apply to the Youth Organizing Fellowship, or to RSVP for an information session for applications on June 2, visit:



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