Our Fellowship Program is geared at recruiting the next generation of leaders for the progressive movement. We are looking for passionate and quick learners committed to training and issue advocacy.
Fellows can expect to learn best practices in the areas of community organizing, media relations, and grassroots fundraising.
The Summer OFA-TN Fellowship is an unpaid, volunteer program. You can serve from anywhere in Tennessee. If selected, you will participate in an intensive professional training, as well as ongoing online training and conference calls that will connect you will other Fellows across the country.
WE ARE WHAT WE DO
Today, we’re organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues.
No matter the issue, OFA works to ensure the voices of ordinary Americans are heard in Washington, while training the next generation of grassroots organizers that will keep fighting for change.
CHANGING THE DEBATE
Since January 2013, Organizing for Action supporters have changed the debate on the issues that matter most.
Volunteers have organized thousands of grassroots events across the country. More than 3.6 million Americans have spoken out to make sure Congress knows where we stand—and we’re being heard. We’re changing minds and changing votes in Congress.
Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished in Tennessee:
OFA Fellows play an active role in fighting for the kind of change we want to see from Washington, training and empowering others with tools to speak out and create change.
TYPES OF FELLOWSHIP CONCENTRATIONS
There are a variety of Fellowship tracks we offer. Each track is customized to you, based on your time commitment, skill and where YOU would like to challenge yourself to grow professionally.
Here are a variety of the fellowship tracks we offer:
- Management: great for students interested in building management skills or retirees with experience – you help support our management/coaching structure
- Organizing & team building: you build the organization by training, empower & developing the skills of others!
- Campus organizing: building issue teams specifically on college campuses
- Communications/Press: beginner and advanced responsibilities ranging from drafting remarks, media advisories and pre-releases to prepping speakers, pitching events and working directly with the press.
- Digital: beginner and advanced responsibilities ranging from managing content distribution to training & developing volunteers in tweeting, photography, writing/blogging to building and running digital teams to connect volunteers online, build community and amplify their work.
- Data: beginner and advanced responsibilities ranging from training and coaching volunteers on data to developing reports and working with the state Data Director on more specific projects
- Policy: responsible for owning a policy issue, developing and conducting regular training, act as liasion regularly reporting on the issue campaign, opportunities to take action etc
- Fundraising & Development: we have ambitious fundraising goals to sustain and grow advocacy in Tennessee. A Fellow choosing to concentrate in fundraising and development will work closely with the State Development Director in developing a grassroots, recurring low-dollar donor program as well as work on large donor relations, events and refine their ability to develop a sophisticated development plan.
- Training/Education: our goal is to build a robust training team that focuses solely on learning training material and replicating the training in their communities. A fellowship within the training department will give you a chance to train, train trainers and take responsibility for building robust volunteer-led training programs in your region.
- Journalism/Story Telling: part of the State Digital team is a track focused solely on journalism and story telling – focused on identifying, following up with, interviewing and ultimately amplifying the stories of citizens across Tennessee, showing the local impact of national policy discussions. No matter the issue, our story telling team of writers and interviewers will help show the local connection, the local story. The work here helps feed every other aspect of the program.
- and more – there are countless other tracks we’re offering from video & production to operations. Apply today to have a conversation about what a program track might look like for you.
“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time
– not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.”
– President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Address