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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP

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Application Deadline: June 6th 2022
About Opportunity

The 2022 Summer Community Organizing Fellowship is a deep community organizing and local power training program for young people and individuals belonging to communities disproportionately impacted by disenfranchisement and underrepresentation.

This fellowship offers the opportunity for young and impacted leaders from across the state to learn how to participate in all levels of political communication, from digital and community organizing to offering testimony to the state legislature to engaging with the media and more. 

This learning experience will be a strong companionship program for other Kansas-based youth activist fellowships, but individuals not associated with other organizations are equally welcome.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, and Kansas residents with internet access (may be operating out of state).
  • Must be passionate about politics and dedicated to becoming a visible vocal force for good in your community.

While all are welcome to apply, this fellowship is designed to uplift the voices of young people and individuals belonging to communities disproportionately impacted by disenfranchisement and underrepresentation. If you do not think this fellowship is right for you but want to get involved, please sign up to take action with us at loudlight.org/volunteer.

Loud Light values a diverse team and an inclusive culture. Loud Light encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, socioeconomic status, age, immigration status, criminal background, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, and disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Benefits

  • Fellows will learn how to understand their own lived experience as an expertise and the value of that expertise in public forms and political narratives. We believe those closest to the problems are best equipped in knowing the solutions, and those voices need to be uplifted in political discussion. 
  • Fellows will learn how to tell their story as a tool for social change and how to adjust that story for various political actions and audiences; such as community organizing, grassroots lobbying, and engaging with local media. By telling our own truths, we can show real examples of the impact of public policy in our communities. 
  • Fellows will learn how to have values-based political discussions that move people to action. By focusing on lived experiences and shared values, we will invest in individual leaders and in building community power. 

Application Procedure

  • Commitment of 5-10 hours per week. 
  • 2 meetings per week with each meeting lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Meeting times TBD and will be set based on Fellows schedules. Each week will have the following:
    • Zoom meeting for skills training.
    • Skills assignment that should take no more than 2 hours.
    • Zoom meeting to present our assignment for feedback from fellows. 
  • Fellows may attend weekly office hours for additional coaching
  • Fellows will be in touch with Program Lead via email each week for any help they may need 
  • Additional leadership opportunities are possible.

Official Website: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FELLOWSHIP

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