Summer 2014 Organizing Fellowship -- Location TBD
We are still in the research stage of determining the location(s) for next summer's Organizing Fellowship. Check back here in January for the application and more information!
CCEJ Organizing Fellowship is an all-expenses paid (travel, meals, and living stipend) program with an academic scholarship awarded to every Organizing Fellow who completes the program.
Last summer, 30 Organizing Fellows spent the summer in Denver, Colorado orgnaizing communitites advocating for K-12 educational equity! Through meaningful political work, Community Campaigns for Educational Justice (CCEJ) Organizing Fellows (OFs) organized to empower Denver communities to take action to improve local schools. They canvassed for 4 pro-kid Denver Public School Board candidates (they all won in the November election!) and collected over 12,000 valid signatures to get Senate Bill 213/Amendment 66 onto the ballot.
2013 CCEJ Organizing Fellows!
Check out some of the 2013 CCEJ Organizing Fellows at work during their summer in Denver.
Summer 2014 TBD!
(Summer 2013 was in Denver, Colorado)
Spend the summer in Denver, Colorado organizing communities to advocate for K-12 educational equity. Through meaningful political work, Community Campaigns for Educational Justice (CCEJ) Organizing Fellows (OFs) will organize to build community power in a groundbreaking statewide school finance reform ballot initiative based on a bill recently introduced by Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, among other local policy and political issues. This highly competitive fellowship will give you the issue advocacy, campaign experience, and organizing skills you need to create transformational change in your community after the program ends, and is outstanding preparation for students looking to launch a career in politics, advocacy, or organizing.
From the start of the program, Organizing Fellows (OFs) will be a critical part of a coordinated grassroots effort focused on turnout in November elections in Colorado. The fellowship will begin with an intensive 10-day training on organizing and grassroots campaign practices, the local political landscape, and the history of public education in Denver.
Over the 8 weeks that follow, OFs will build capacity in the Denver community to advocate for K-12 education reform. Throughout the summer, Fellows will participate in ongoing organizing, leadership, and skill development led by experienced organizers: alumni of both Obama Campaigns, staff from the premier community organizing groups in the U.S., and local political campaigns. OFs will also join Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston’s Urban Education Policy Fellowship Program for lunches, policy discussions, and social events.
Some daily responsibilities and duties include:
Canvassing (door-knocking) in neighborhoods in Denver and the surrounding areas
Voter registration and educaiton on school finance and reform issues
Planning and hosting well-organized house/neighborhood meetings
And much more!
We particularly encourage students from the greater Denver area who attended Denver Public Schools and public charter schools to apply to transform their own local schools and neighborhoods!
Responsibilities & Skills
Applications to be an Organizing Fellow open in January 2014. A résumé, 2 references, and short supplemental responses will be required. For any questions regarding the application, please email email@example.com
Please note: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the program state date and either a current undergraduate or rising freshman at a US college or university. Graduating seniors are also eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is preferred, but not required. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are encouraged to submit a statement of extenuating circumstances with their application.
CCEJ and SFER Action Network have a commitment to diversity, and seeks individuals of all racial, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation identities to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and recruiting a team that reflects the diversity our student movement.