The Voter Outreach & Immigrant Community Engagement (VOICE) Fellowship (nee CELF Fellowship) is designed to connect APA immigrant communities to civic engagement opportunities. In this intensive fellowship program, fellows actively engage and build trust with APA immigrant citizens to support the community’s self-empowerment and civic engagement. This year’s class will focus on providing in-language support for voter registration and engagement in the San Gabriel Valley.
Participating fellows are provided with opportunities to acquire valuable skills and build crucial professional networks that will enhance the participants’ careers and effectiveness as community leaders. Fellows will also learn about the democratic process and how to empower a constituent population through community outreach and engagement.
The ideal candidates will be pursuing or have received a degree in the fields of Political Science, Public Policy, and Public Administration. All who are interested in APA affairs and empowering immigrant communities are encouraged to apply. The ideal participant will also have language skills, especially those that the Los Angeles County is mandated to provide in-language voting materials for (Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese).
Please note that this fellowship is highly competitive. Only 2 fellows will be selected for this program.
Each fellow must be able to commit to 24 hours per week or approximately 300 hours over the course of the 4-month fellowship.
Fellows make a real impact on the community in fostering greater voter and civic participation among APA immigrant communities and develop key leadership and professional skills in the process.
Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, incrementally, throughout the program. The stipend will serve as reimbursement for any expenses accrued.
The VOICE Fellows will work on a civic engagement project that encourages San Gabriel Valley immigrant communities to register to vote in advance of the 2018 elections. Fellows will complete extensive research to best support the civic engagement of these populations, create a voter registration and engagement plan, and implement the project with the support of staff and the larger CAUSE network. Special attention will be paid to serving limited English proficient communities with Chinese in-language needs.
Fellows will be placed in CAUSE’s office and work directly with our staff in the development of voter outreach, training, and education programs. Fellows will be paired with CAUSE staff throughout the program development process and will have weekly staff meetings.
Community Engagement Workshops
Students will meet with distinguished community leaders and organizations to discuss how they work with APA immigrant communities. Participants will meet with elected officials, legislative staff, nonprofit leaders, and other experts to better understand barriers to civic engagement for immigrant communities. Meetings help fellows develop their group project as well as personal professional skills.
|Application Opens||Monday, August 21, 2017|
|Application Closes||Friday, September 15, 2017|
|Fellowship Begins||Monday, September 25, 2017|
|Workshop #1||Thursday, September 28, 2017|
|Workshop #2||Thursday, October 19, 2017|
|Workshop #3||Thursday, November 16, 2017|
|Workshop #4||Thursday, December 7, 2017|
|Fellowship Graduation Luncheon||Friday, December 15, 2017|
|Fellowship Ends||Friday, December 15, 2017|
Meet the 2017 fellows
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What Our Fellows Say
"This program provided me with valuable hands-on experience and unique opportunities to learn how to bridge the gap between...government and...immigrant communities."
"I found this [fellowship to be] very meaningful, because we are doing something that would make real impact in the community."