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.
The Fellowship kicks off in December 2020 with remote orientation, advocacy training, and action. In February 2021, participants receive in-person training at the RESULTS Spring Policy Summit in Washington, DC. After days of coaching and inspiration, fellows spend the final day of the Summit 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 webinars. 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.
Write pieces that get published in the media.
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.
Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.
Attend the RESULTS Fellowship Spring Policy Summit (February 2021) to learn about RESULTS priority issues in depth and the federal budget process, then head to Capitol Hill.
Attend the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC (Summer 2021). Past speakers include Tavis Smiley, Dr. Paul Farmer, DeRay Mckesson, Marian Wright Edelman, Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and more.
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:
Some kids look forward to their birthdays, or holidays. When I was young, my brother and I looked forward to tax time. It meant we could finally buy a second pair of shoes, or pants that fit. My mom would worry less for a little while about how we were going to pay for medical care, school supplies, and food.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 December 2020 until December 2021.
Availability for the RESULTS Spring Policy Summit in February 2021 and RESULTS International Conference in the Summer of 2021 in Washington, DC. RESULTS will arrange and pay for flights, hotels, and some meals. There is a $200 fee for the Spring Policy Summit and a $200 fee for the International Conference to cover certain activities which cannot be waived. RESULTS will provide resources to help Fellows fundraise the $200 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, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, no later than September 30, 2020. Early applications strongly encouraged. The fellowship (originally slated to start in May of 2020) begins December 2020.