The New England Fellowship:
Our Climate's New England Fellowship supports young people who are are committed to building an unstoppable, intersectional youth climate movement in the northeast US, especially Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. During this year-long, mission-driven intensive, fellows will develop and apply key advocacy skills such as organizing their peers, rallying public support, and engaging directly with elected officials to advocate for science-based, equitable climate policy at the state level and pave the way for our ultimate goal—a truly achievable, equitable and sustainable Green New Deal.
Our Climate has historically focused on one critical piece in the climate puzzle: corporate polluter fee, rebate and green infrastructure investment policies that make sure polluters, not people, pay for a just transition. We now integrated that work into the larger environmental justice movement, and center equity and climate justice. In Massachusetts especially, we play a critical role in the Massachusetts Youth Climate Coalition, ensuring that we come into relationship and share priorities with other youth groups: Boston Climate Strikes, Boston Student Advisory Council, Fridays for Future MA, the Sunrise Movement, and more.
The 2020-2021 Fellowship will take place at a critical moment: An election year and the start of a new Massachusetts State House Session. In the fall, we will focus on voter registration, coalition building, and designing new policy. Then, beginning in Jan 2021, we will start the new session with our largest lobbying effort yet to ensure that our legislators prioritize the policy we helped to design. We will also help spread our best practices to neighboring states Vermont and Rhode Island.
Note on COVID-19: We prioritize safety of our communities in all aspects of our programming. Our virtual organizing tools have allowed us to continue much of what we do with a #BuildBackBetter frame that celebrates the overlap between climate and COVID-19 solutions. This means that, though more of our advocacy is currently done online, we plan to run a fully operational program for the 2020-2021 season.
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 science-based, equitable climate policy at the state level. 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.);
- 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;
- Using art, especially Climate Mosaics, to inspire and welcome new people into the movement; and
- Coaching other student leaders to do the same.
There are 5 Fellowship positions offered in New England. Our Climate is committed to helping all applicants find their place in the movement regardless of whether they receive a fellowship. So apply!
New England Fellows must either live or study in New England. Candidates in "ready to win states" (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 (COVID-19 pandemic permitting).
Our Climate is committed to providing financial support to leaders, especially those with high financial needs. We reimburse students for any expenses occurred during the program and provide up to $500 to pay for leadership development opportunities of a youth's choosing as compensation. (For youth with very high financial needs, email the New England Field Coordinator at email@example.com to learn more about additional opportunities.)
June 15 - New England Field Coordinator begins rolling application review process
July 15 - Final applications due
Aug 21 - Fellowship Orientation Call
Aug 24 - Program Begins
Nov 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Break
Jan 4, 2021 - Program Resumes
~spring breaks taken according to each Fellow's individual schedule~
May 31, 2021 - End of program
*These times are flexible and can be modified based on Fellows' availability. Direct questions and concerns to the New England Field Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply:
Click the link below and complete the application, by July 15, 2020 at the latest. The application process will take approximately 30min. These positions will begin getting filled on a rolling basis starting on June 15th, so apply ASAP.
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 email@example.com.