About

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.

Time Commitment

Each fellow must be able to commit to 24 hours per week or approximately 300 hours over the course of the 4-month fellowship.

Community Impact

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.

STIPEND

Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend, incrementally, throughout the program. The stipend will serve as reimbursement for any expenses accrued.

Program Components

Group Project

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.

Fellowship Experience

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.

Important Dates

Event Date
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

Coming Soon!

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."

    Xuan (Lexi) Zhang
  • "I found this [fellowship to be] very meaningful, because we are doing something that would make real impact in the community."

    Junteng (Serena) Wang

 This program is generously supported by: