#CivicsForUS: Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship Application



Gain media skills! Grow your civic leadership!

Join students from across the country on a mission to strengthen our democracy through civic education that speaks to every student!

The Program:

The Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship is a paid year-long program for students in grades 7–12 to lend their voice to the discussion on equity in civic education. By the end of the program students will be able to:

  1. Convey their personal narrative and employ lived civic experiences as valuable contributions to the equity in civic education discussion

  2. Articulate the need for equity-rooted civic education

  3. Engage adult advocates and allies around youth civic needs from a student-focused perspective

  4. Leverage communication and advocacy skills developed throughout the program to engage with decision-makers and public institutions to influence outcomes in their community

  5. Understand the relationship between civic knowledge, civic engagement, and social influence skills as tools necessary to navigating civic institutions

The goal is to cultivate a deeper appreciation for student voices in the field of civics which we will accomplish by facilitating student-led discussions about civic education with equity at the center to ensure student perspectives are represented in the national dialogue.


The Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship cohort serves from October 2020 through Summer 2021


Program Requirements:

This is a paid fellowship opportunity. Selected students will be required to:

  • Attend October 17–18th Virtual Kick-Off Event

  • Attend virtual online workshops and guest speaker events (2xs /month)

  • Attend meetings with the Equity in Civics Steering Committee (when possible)

  • Participate in speaking engagements as assigned

  • Lead and build the national social media campaign

  • Publish op-ed/blog

  • Engage in local advocacy for equity in civic education

Eligible applicants must be low-income students, students of color, ORstudents in rural communities, with an interest in politics, civics, history, government, or social justice.


NOMINATE A STUDENT!

Teacher Nomination Form: http://bit.ly/iCivicsECYFNoms20_21


STUDENTS APPLY NOW!

Student Application Form: http://bit.ly/iCivicsECYFApp20_21


Students need both forms to be considered for the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship. All forms due September 20th, 2020 11:59 pm EST


Frequently Asked Questions


What happens if I am not selected as an Equity in Civics Fellow?

Students that are not selected for the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship will have the opportunity to join the Youth As Civic Experts Network and work on the national social media campaign.


What is the Youth As Civic Experts Network?

The Youth As Civic Experts Network is a virtual network of students that meet monthly and collaborate with the Equity in Civics Youth Fellows to build and execute a national social media campaign on equity in civic education. Students learn social media skills, gain media training, leadership skills, and mentorship. Students in the Youth As Civic Experts Network have the option to participate in the same projects as Equity in Civics Youth Fellows if they desire. Any student that applies for the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship can join the Youth As Civic Experts Network (Equity Fellows are automatically part of the network).


When is the application deadline?

Both the Teacher/Mentor Nomination and the Student Self-Assessment Application forms are due by September 20th at 11:59 pm to be considered for the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship program. No other documentation is required.


When will I hear back?

Students will hear back by October 2nd regarding their application status. Accepted students should prepare to attend the Virtual Kick-Off held October 17–18 (times TBD).


Additional Questions:

Please email iCivics Director of Social Engagement Amber Coleman-Mortley (ecyf@icivics.org).




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