Are you feeling a call to action? We are looking for the next generation of activists and leaders in fighting poverty. The RESULTS Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship (formerly known as REAL Change) is a hands-on advocacy training program for young people between the ages of 20–30. During the yearlong program, fellows learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change.  

Once selected for the fellowship, participants receive training in advocacy at the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. After three days of coaching and inspiration, fellows spend the final day of the conference on Capitol Hill and speak directly with members of Congress and their staff. Throughout the rest of the year, fellows receive ongoing training on biweekly calls. They hone their advocacy skills, taking actions like writing letters to the editor and meeting with their members of Congress.

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Volunteers receive training, support, and inspiration to become skilled advocates. In time, volunteers learn to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, and economic opportunity. Backed by the in-depth research and legislative expertise of staff, RESULTS advocates realize the incredible power they possess to use their voices to change the world.

As a RESULTS Fellow you will:

  • Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
  • Learn how to influence your member of Congress on issues like child survival and nutrition.
  • Become a skilled organizer who mobilizes your community to fight poverty.
  • Write pieces that get published in the media.
  • Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.
  • Attend the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC (June 19-24, 2020). Past speakers include Tavis Smiley, Dr. Paul Farmer, DeRay Mckesson, Marian Wright Edelman, Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and more.
  • Attend the RESULTS Fellowship Spring Policy Summit (February 2021) to learn about RESULTS priority issues in depth and the federal budget process, then head back to Capitol Hill.

Past fellows have:

  • Met with their members of Congress and built relationships with them and their staff.
  • Engaged presidential candidates and members of Congress on the campaign trail.
  • Published op-eds in English and Spanish media.
  • Pitched editorial boards on global health issues.
  • Started new RESULTS groups in strategic areas.
  • Used their experience in the fellowship to launch careers in advocacy, political organizing, and the nonprofit sector.

Please see application details below.

What's the program look like? Hear from past fellows:


Grassroots Spotlight

Tiffany’s Story

A year ago, I would have been too intimidated to even consider setting up a meeting with my member of Congress. But earlier this week, I found myself on Capitol Hill, in the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan, confidently explaining to his aide why our federal safety net programs must be protected.

Grassroots Spotlight

Errolyn's Story

When Errolyn Gray got up to share her family’s story at the 2014 RESULTS International Conference, her message was simple: “This is not a story that calls for sympathy. This is a story that calls for action.”

Grassroots Spotlight

Garrett's Story

On New Year’s Eve 2015, Garrett Wilkinson answered a call from an unknown number. The voice on the other end introduced himself as Jerry Moran. Garrett, a 20-year-old sophomore at Kansas State University, was stunned.

Grassroots Spotlight

PaHoua’s Story

My name is PaHoua Vang and last year was my first time at the RESULTS International Conference. In the back of my head, I had assumed that because poverty has always existed that it will always exist. But it was this very mindset that was holding me back.

RESULTS in the News

Tarkpor's Story

National Public Radio (NPR) features 2015 REAL Change Fellow Tarkpor Mambia and his advocacy work on global health.

Grassroots Spotlight

Hiba's Story

I’ve learned I have a voice, that I matter, and that I can speak up for myself and others. I can be someone who changes things.

Grassroots Spotlight

Rachel's Story

The day that Rachel Azanleko-Akouete’s letter-to-the-editor was published in her local newspaper, she forwarded the link to her congressman’s office.

Grassroots Spotlight

Jericho's Story

We caught up with Jericho during the REAL Change Policy Summit as he buzzed around Capitol Hill between meetings with congressional offices.

Grassroots Spotlight

Keerthi's Story

I never thought I could do anything about poverty.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for creating change and fighting poverty.
  • Ability to commit an average of 6 hours per week.
  • Commitment to join biweekly webinars on Wednesday nights (9pm ET) and monthly national calls on Saturday afternoons (1pm ET).
  • Age 20 – 30 at the start of the Fellowship.
  • Plans to live in the United States from May 2020 until May 2021.
  • Availability for the RESULTS International Conference June 19-24 in Washington, DC. RESULTS will arrange and pay for flights, hotels, and some meals. There is a $250 fee to cover certain activities which cannot be waived. RESULTS will provide resources to help Fellows fundraise the $250 fee.
  • Past experience in student or community activism, political campaigns, or other anti-poverty or social justice focused activities preferred.
  • Individuals from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming are especially encouraged to apply.

Application:

RESULTS believes that poverty cannot end as long as oppression exists, and is committed to creating an equitable movement. People with firsthand experience of poverty and people from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications for 2020-2021 is now open:

Submit an application for 2020-2021

 

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, no later than April 30, 2020. Early applications strongly encourage. The fellowship begins Wednesday, May 20.

 

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