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Campus Vote Project is seeking students who are passionate about democratic engagement, politically interested and are self-starters to help peers register and vote and engage them in dialogue around democracy through a one-year fellowship, with exceptions made for Spring 2022 graduating seniors. Campus Vote Project is dedicated to helping students gain access to the ballot and increasing youth voter turnout. Fellows are an integral part of carrying out voter engagement and empowerment at institutions of higher education across the country.
As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to work with administrative and faculty partners. You will work with the on-campus team to complete the four planning steps of the Students Learn Students Vote checklist, created to build power and ensure success. You will also be responsible for meeting deadlines and carrying out nonpartisan voter engagement activities on your campus.
Responsibilities and Goals:
- Participate in supporting a voter engagement plan on your campus, including meeting planning deadlines and being an active spokesperson.
- Carry out voter registration and voter education activities on campus. This includes:
- Informing your peers about registration and election deadlines
- Providing nonpartisan information about issues and candidates on the ballot
- Engaging students as voters and voter advocates for their peers
- Complete timesheets and check-ins with campus partners and with CVP staff regarding voter engagement efforts.
- Fellows will be required to do one-on-one check-ins with their CVP state coordinator, small group check-ins with their campus sponsor/administrator and CVP state coordinator, and state-wide check-ins with other Democracy Fellows and CVP state coordinator. Each takes place monthly and are at a maximum one hour long.
- Participate in leadership, skill-building, and historical-context discussion blocks, optional trainings, and webinars.
- New Fellows will be required to attend a three hour orientation and returning Fellows will be required to attend a one and a half hour orientation refresher which reviews requirements of being a Democracy Fellow, the history of voting rights, current voting rights issues, and equitable and inclusive campus organizing.
- Attend an Election Law training specific to your state.
- Attend two of the three one-hour Discussion Blocks, which review grassroots organizing and voting rights issues.
- Write a reflection on your work and the program.
- Attend a one hour-long end-of-semester reflection meeting.
- In addition to these requirements, there are a number of optional training opportunities available to Fellows.
- Learn from professionals in the civic engagement space through a series of monthly panels.
- Opportunity to attend a Student Voter Summit in your state to learn new skills, discuss issues, and network with other students and organizations passionate about youth voter engagement.
CVP is proud to support the program by conducting regular check-ins with fellows and administrator and faculty partners. CVP also produces student voting guides, voting information posters, and draft email, social media, and website content that can be used by fellows during the program.
- New Fellows will receive a $1,200 stipend in two installments ($500 at the end of their first semester in the spring and $700 at the end of the fall semester).
Fellows should be prepared to spend 10 hours per week on the program during the spring and fall semesters.
To Apply: Please submit a resume to Landon Myers atLmyers@campusvoteproject.org.
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