The Americans United Youth Organizing Fellowship is a paid opportunity to grow as a leader, build power with a national cohort of youth organizers, and advocate for separation of church and state .
You want to know more ? Click here to RSVP for an information session for candidates on Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET.
You will have the opportunity to hear from AU staff and current scholars about what to expect in the program and the application process, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Americans United Youth Organizing Fellowship is an opportunity for young leaders across the country to build their advocacy skills and lead the fight for our First Amendment right to live as we are and believe as we so choose. that we do not harm others.
We are now recruiting for the September 2022 to August 2023 cohort. Americans United will select ten fellows between the ages of 18 and 25 who come from different backgrounds, work on a variety of issues that intersect with the separation of religion and government, and share common common values of religious freedom and equality for all.
This fellowship is for you if you are already an activist in your community and want to further advocate for the separation of church and state. You should bring knowledge and experience, but also be eager to learn more. You must be a passionate advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people, religious minorities, non-religious, women, and communities of color. You may be advocating for a change in campus, city, state, or federal policy; the formation of inter-religious or inter-movement coalitions; or run programs to educate your peers. Maybe you lead a religious or secular student group, work for an LGBTQ+ youth center, campaign for social change, or take on another leadership role in your community. Click here to learn more about our alumni.
If you apply for this paid scholarship, you should be able to commit significant time to organizing with Americans United and be excited to work collaboratively with young activists across the country to lead the AU’s strategy for the youth engagement. Fellows will have many opportunities for professional development, receive a $1,350 stipend, and have access to support and resources to organize in your community. Fellows must be able to attend a meeting in DC and commit to the full year’s program (details below), including reliable internet and video access, such as a smartphone or a computer.
The fellowship will begin with a virtual meeting to get to know the AU and each other before meeting in person for a weekend in Washington, DC. During this intensive meeting, fellows will learn key information and advocacy skills and begin planning for the year ahead. Fellows will continue to meet twice a month via video, in groups 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 the AU, and organize at least one educational or advocacy event in partnership with the AU.
Skills you can expect to acquire 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, etc.
- Working with people from different faith traditions
- Effective communication and public speaking
People of color, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, low-income people, and others directly affected by and from communities disproportionately affected by discrimination in the name of religious freedom are especially encouraged to apply.
To apply for the Youth Organizing Scholarship, complete this application form and submit a CV via email. Send your CV as an attachment to [email protected] with the subject line “Your full name – scholarship application”.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
If you have any questions about the application or the scholarship, contact [email protected]