Are you feeling a call to action? We are looking for the next generation of activists and leaders in fighting poverty at home and abroad. The REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship is a hands-on training program for young people between the ages of 18–30. During the yearlong program, fellows learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change.  

REAL Change participants receive a crash course 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 by taking actions ranging from writing letters to the editor to hosting events to meeting with their members of Congress in-district. 

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 REAL Change Fellow you will:

  • Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
  • Learn how to lobby your member of Congress on everything from tax policies that can lift millions of low-income Americans out of poverty to global health initiatives like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • 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. Past speakers include Tavis Smiley, Dr. Paul Farmer, DeRay Mckesson, Marian Wright Edelman, Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and more.
  • Attend the REAL Change Spring Policy Summit 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 RESULTS issues.
  • Been chosen to attend specialized media trainings.
  • Started new RESULTS groups in strategic areas.
  • Been accepted to the White House Initiative on HBCUs All-Star Students Program.
  • Used their experience in REAL Change to launch careers in advocacy, political organizing, and the nonprofit sector.

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.


  • Passion for creating change and fighting poverty.
  • Ability to commit an average of 6 hours per week.
  • Commitment to join biweekly conference calls on Wednesday nights and monthly national calls on Saturday afternoons.
  • Preference given to those with past experience in student or community activism, political campaigns, or other anti-poverty or social justice focused activities.
  • Be between the ages of 18 – 30 at the start of the Fellowship.
  • Attend the RESULTS International Conference in July in Washington, DC. RESULTS will cover flights, hotels, and some meals. There is a $200 fee to cover certain activities which cannot be waived. RESULTS will provide resources to help Fellows fundraise the $200 fee.


  • The application for the 2019-2020 REAL Change class is now closed.
  • Applications for 2020-2021 will open in early 2020.
  • REAL Change Fellowship flyer


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