ACE Action Fellowship
WHAT IS ACE?
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.
WHAT IS THE ACTION FELLOWSHIP?
The ACE Action Fellowships in North Carolina and Wisconsin teach students the knowledge and skills to be confident climate leaders. Fellows are high school students or recent ACE graduates who meet weekly over the course of the school year. Almost 200 high school students across the country have graduated from the fellowship over the past 4 years.
WHAT DO FELLOWS DO?
Build skills. Take action. Advocate for change. In addition to weekly meetings, Fellows advocate for local climate solutions through campaigns and events. Fellows often work to get petition signatures, speak at events, meet with elected officials, and do outreach to peers and the community.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP THIS YEAR?
Fellows will be trained as Relational Voter Turnout (RVT) leaders and will help ACE pilot relational organizing strategies to be used by other students across the US. Relational organizing strategies focus on engaging your own social networks — your pre-existing relationships with friends, family, and community members — to affect desired outcomes in advocacy campaigns, voter registration, and getting out the vote. Through the RVT program, Fellows will gain knowledge on civic engagement and organizing, take action in their communities, turn out youth climate voters for the 2018 Midterm Elections and influence change on climate issues.