Over the summer we are redesigning our Civic Leadership Program. As MOVE Texas continues our organizational equity planning we have made the tough decision to not have a Fall 2021 Civic Leadership Program cohort. More details regarding the Civic Leadership Program will be shared in 2022. We know that this comes as difficult news for young people interested in joining one of our longest standing programs. We deeply believe that committing this time to “pause” our program to reflect, strategize and plan will better prepare us to be more impactful when we relaunch our program. In the meantime, we strongly encourage folks to get involved as volunteers to help increase voter access and issue advocacy in your local area.
We believe that the strongest advocates for the issues that matter to us are young, everyday people who are ready for big change. Our paid, year-long Civic Leadership Program (CLP) is an opportunity for CLP fellows to learn and develop civic leadership skills while directly supporting the administrative needs of the most impactful voter registration organization in Texas.
This is not your typical fellowship program. We offer an immersive educational experience rooted in mentorship, growing youth leaders at the local level, and owning a role in our statewide impact. Our fellows work directly with staff across our departments to develop the necessary skills to work in the social impact sector, with the intentions that they leave our program better prepared to contribute to the progressive ecosystem in Texas.
Our CLP is often described as young peoples’ first step in becoming civically engaged. We are proud to have graduated over 300 fellows across the state since 2015. Alumni have gone on to grow as presidents of student organizations and secure nationally recognized internships. They’ve organized political and advocacy campaigns and worked for local government officials. They’ve participated in Teach for America and served internationally with the Peace Corps. And ~50% of our staff are MOVE Texas alumni!
Experiential Learning & Mentorship
- Work directly with our staff and contribute to real-time projects that have short-term and long-term impacts at the local and statewide level
- Learn how to effectively register young voters in your city
- Develop essential volunteer engagement skills and lead your own volunteer shifts
- Learn about local advocacy efforts and how to make lasting political change
- Participate in weekly leadership training
- Complete weekly readings and assignments
- Coordinate local community-building MOVEment events with the support of staff
Prepare to Work in the Knowledge Economy
- Develop foundational life skills (like budgeting and communication) and basic project management skills
- Build healthy work habits
- Discover your natural strengths and channel them into your next leadership opportunity
Who & What We Are Looking For
- Requirements: Must be 18 – 24 years old and legally eligible to work in the United States.
- Diversity: Texas is a diverse state, and diversity matters to us. People of color, women, non-binary folks, and bilingual speakers are highly encouraged to apply
- Motivation: You’re interested in this work because you’re both tired of living in a democracy that doesn’t advocate for everyday working-class people, and are ready for some real-world action to make lasting change. You are dedicated to taking what you learn here and growing as a progressive leader for your community
- Experience: You’re a servant leader. This means you believe and act in a way that serves others by putting others’ needs in front of or alongside yours. This could look like supporting your family, being involved in community and faith-based organizations, or student organizations
- Commitment: The program is a 25 hour per week commitment for the year. Fifteen hours will dedicated to the leadership development curriculum with our education team. Ten hours will be with our field organizing team focusing on voter and volunteer engagement gearing up for the November election. Then, collaborating with our advocacy team to prepare for the upcoming Texas legislative session
- Availability: You’re generally available Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Must be available Friday mornings, 10am – 12:30pm central time for virtual leadership training with the CLP class
- Paid positions at $15 per hour
- Monthly stipend includes phone and wifi per diem
- Eligible for paid time off
- Be part of the MOVE Texas fam! Join our alumni network for over 300 graduates
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