ACE Action Fellowship in Raleigh, NC
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 North Carolina Action Fellowship teaches students the knowledge and skills to be confident climate leaders. Fellows are high school students or recent ACE graduates who meet in Raleigh weekly over the course of the school year. 48 high school students have graduated from the fellowship in NC over the past 4 years.
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 ARE THE BENEFITS?
ACE Fellows 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 their 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 $5 transportation stipend for each Fellowship meeting attended (Note: We will work with Fellows to figure out transportation to and from meetings and events if needed. We don't want transportation to be a barrier for participation in the program!);
- Receive a $100 participation stipend per semester
HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?
The application period for the 2018-2019 Fellowship has closed.
2018WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
High school students and recent ACE graduates (students who have been through the fellowship before) can apply. All applicants should be passionate about climate change, committed to working with ACE for the entire program (September - June), available for all program events, and willing to learn and grow.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR FELLOWS?
To participate in the Action Fellowship, Fellows commit to:
- Attend Fellowship meetings every week
- Attend the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit
- Attend kickoff retreat and occasional weekend retreats and special events
- Respond to emails and texts within 24 hours
- Show up with enthusiasm, willingness to learn & be challenged, and a positive attitude!
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 IN NORTH CAROLINA 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.
PAST FELLOWSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
Action Fellows in Raleigh, NC have worked on the NC Clean Path 2025 campaign, which calls for a 57% reduction in fossil fuel power plants by 2025 and 100% reduction by 2030. They also have pushed for the Wake County School Board to commit to powering the district with 100% renewable electricity and supported similar efforts in Durham Public Schools. They have collected petition signatures from teachers, students and residents of Wake County, delivered public comments at a Board of Education Meeting and met with local elected decision makers. Fellows have also spoken at rallies like the Raleigh March for Science and delivered workshops at the NC Climate Justice Summit and the NC Youth Climate Summit.