The New England Fellowship:
Our Climate's New England Fellowship empowers young leaders to advance state carbon pricing campaigns in the northeast US, especially Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. During this year-long intensive, fellows will develop and apply key advocacy skills such as organizing their peers, rallying public support, and engaging directly with elected officials in order to Put A Price On It. Winning these local campaigns will build momentum toward our ultimate goal—a strong, equitable national carbon price.
The 2019-2020 Fellowship will take place at a critical moment: A majority of the Massachusetts House of Representatives has cosigned an equitable, science-based carbon pricing bill. Join us as we help our legislators push this legislation through committee and into law, then help Vermont and Rhode Island to follow suit.
New England Fellows will work collaboratively with each other, the New England Field Coordinator, and other student leaders to design and execute projects that advance local and statewide #PutAPriceOnIt campaigns. Fellows will spend 7-10 hours a week on these projects and the trainings that support them. Our Climate Fellows' most common tactics include:
- Lobbying key legislators by phone, letter, and in person;
- Identifying, aligning with, and supporting coalition members and allies;
- Writing and publishing media, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and social media;
- Organizing informational, community-building, or lobbying events (lobby days, house parties, panels/forums, etc.);
- Seeking and securing carbon pricing endorsements from local businesses, colleges, etc.;
- Identifying and securing opportunities to attend, table, or speak at community events;
- Participating in phone banks, door-to-door or street canvassing, and other list-building activities; and
- Coaching other student leaders to do the same.
In the Fall of 2019, Fellows will focus on building political momentum in Massachusetts at our September 25th Youth Lobby Day, an upcoming Carbon Pricing Bill Hearing, and taking our epic Climate Mosaic on tour.
We have currently filled 3 of 5 Fellowship slots and are continuing to recruit on a rolling basis to fill the 2 remaining spots by Oct 5.
Our Climate values financially supporting our team as equitably as possible. Additionally, we recognize that different people need different amounts of financial support to access the opportunities we offer. Therefore, Fellows will receive a stipend each semester ranging from $0-$900 based on their self-identified financial need using these guidelines.
New England Fellows must either live or study in New England. Candidates in states with active carbon pricing campaigns (MA, RI, and VT) are especially encouraged to apply.
Fellows will conduct their weekly work from their home or campus communities, collaborate remotely by videoconference, and will occasionally attend larger events in central locations that they help to organize.
Important Dates in 2019*:
Aug 26, 2019 - First 3 Fellows begin
*applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis*
Oct 1, 2019 - Last day for fellowship applications
Oct 5, 2019 - Last 2 Fellows begin
Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Break
July 31 - end of State Congressional Session
*These times are flexible and can be modified based on Fellows' availability. Direct questions and concerns to the New England Field Coordinator at email@example.com.
The New England Field Coordinator, Eben Bein, will follow up with qualified candidates to set up a short interview. Questions concerning the Fellowship can be directed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.