ACE Action Fellowship

Are you a high school student or recent ACE graduate looking for an opportunity to build your skills, work with other youth passionate about climate change, and advocate for climate change solutions? If your answer is "yes," the ACE Action Fellowship is for you!

We believe young people have the most to lose when it comes to climate change and the most to gain by solving it. That is why ACE educates high school students about climate change and empowers them to lead on climate solutions.

ABOUT THE ACTION FELLOWSHIP

The Action Fellowship teaches young people the knowledge and skills to be confident climate leaders. Each year, ACE recruits between 50-100 high school students and recent ACE graduates across our regions to participate. Fellows meet weekly over the course of the school year.

Throughout the program, Fellows work with ACE and partners to increase public support for climate action and hold elected officials accountable on climate science and the need for solutions.

WHAT DO ACTION FELLOWS DO?

Build skills. Take action. Advocate for change. In addition to attending weekly meetings, Action Fellows advocate for local climate solutions through projects, campaigns and events. Fellows often work to get petition signatures, speak at events, meet with elected officials, and do outreach to peers and community members. 

WHO CAN APPLY?

High school students and recent ACE graduates can apply. We strive to have a diversity of students with varying levels of past leadership experience. All applicants should be passionate about climate change, committed to working with ACE for the year, available for all program events, and willing to learn and grow.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR ACTION FELLOWS?

As an ACE Fellow you will: 

  • Receive training and one-on-one mentorship from ACE staff;
  • Build knowledge of climate science and solutions;
  • Develop skills in public communication, as well as planning and executing projects;
  • Work together with other Fellows on a local solution to climate change;
  • Advocate for climate change solutions through writing, public speaking, or creative arts;
  • Build your resume with skills and experience;
  • Be invited to apply for additional opportunities through ACE’s partners;
  • Receive a recommendation letter for college or a future job;
  • Be a part of a national network of youth leaders;
  • Earn service learning hours for school (depending on school policy);
  • Receive a $100 stipend per semester.

ACE Fellow speaks to media

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTION FELLOWS?

To be a Fellow, we ask that you commit to:

  • Attending the kick-off retreat;
  • Attending Fellowship meetings every week;
  • Attending occasional weekend events;
  • Responding to emails and texts within 24 hours;
  • Showing up with enthusiasm, willingness to learn and be challenged, and, of course, a sense of humor

RECENT FELLOWSHIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Chicago Action Fellows are campaigning for legislation that will strengthen Illinois’ outdated Renewable Portfolio Standard, increase access to renewable energy for low-income communities, and create 30,000 green jobs. They have organized press conferences and coordinated 50 high school students to travel to the Illinois Statehouse to speak with politicians about the bill.

In New York City, Fellows are pushing for a new law that would require all public schools in New York to teach about climate change. They have gotten co-signers for a resolution, organized events with city councilors, and done outreach to their peers and communities.

Action Fellows in Boston are advocating for Massachusetts to become the first state to divest state pensions from fossil fuels. They have gathered petition signatures from teachers, met with state legislators, and spoken at events.

HOW DO I APPLY?

The deadline for applications has passed. If you have questions, email Rouwenna Lamm.