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Organizer's Fellowship!

Foster Youth in Action is excited to announce we are accepting applications for the FYA 2019 Organizer’s Fellowship!  

The Organizer's Fellowship is a year-long, paid youth organizing and leadership development opportunity designed for young adults leaders representing local groups in our FYA Network.  

Built on a foster youth-led organizing framework, the Fellowship is a unique opportunity for local groups to build organizational power by equipping the next generation of leaders with youth organizing skills to create change locally and across the FYA Network. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Alumni will also have the opportunity to be a part of our FYA training team as well as leadership opportunities throughout the Network.

Fellowship Activities

Organizing Institute  is an intensive in-person retreat built on our new Foster Power Curriculum.  Fellows will deepen their understanding of organizing, reflect on the social and political conditions that directly impact their lives, and begin to work together to identify ways to create meaningful change locally and across the Network.

Local Organizing. Fellowship activities are explicitly designed to ensure that organizing skills gained by fellows are brought back home and directly applied with their local group, including activities such as facilitating a local youth organizing training and/or organizing campaign activities. 

Movement Building. Fellows will also work throughout the year to identify priority issues and movement building strategies across the FYA Network. This includes participating on the Leaders for Change 2019 Leadership Team and attending the Leaders for Change conference in the Fall of 2019 as part of your group’s delegation.


The Organizer's Fellowship is an opportunity for local groups in the FYA Network ONLY. Given the Fellowship's strong commitment to applied learning and local organizing, individual applicants are only eligible if their local group has also agreed to completed a Group Application, ensuring their commitment to supporting a Fellow.  Fellows must be young people 18-26 who are actively involved with their local group as a current member or alumni. 


Fellows will receive a total of $1,800 for completion of 120 hours over a year-long commitment.


The Fellowship requires both group and individual applications to ensure organizational capacity and commitment to supporting local Fellowship activities throughout the year. FYA will reach out to groups also reach out directly to groups as individual members apply.  Only (1) group application is required, but ALL interested individuals from local groups are encouraged to apply. Foster Youth in Action is committed to having a diverse range of experiences and identities represented among Fellows. Applicant decisions will be made by April 15th.   

Group Application

Individual Application

For more information, please contact Eddye Vanderkwaak at Eddye@fosteryouthaction.org