Ignite NC Seeks Youth Organizing Fellows – Age 18-30

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, January 7 AT 12:00PM. Decisions will be made by January 10.

The purpose of these fellowships is to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina.  In order to do this, we must make deep investments in young leaders – through training, ongoing coaching, and access to resources for on the ground organizing.

Ignite NC is seeking organizing fellows to build the movement for grassroots people’s power in NC.  From racial profiling to joblessness, young people must organize to change their own conditions and collectively build a better future.

If you are currently working with a campus or community organization, or have an exciting organizing initiative you want to bring to reality, this fellowship provides organizing training, mentorship, and a stipend to enable you to spend more dedicated time to organize.

The positions can be based anywhere in NC, through there are a limited number of positions.  If you are selected for this fellowship, you must be able to attend a mandatory organizing training on January 25-26 and an evaluation retreat in early May – both will take place in Durham, NC.  Gas stipends will be made available.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.  Considering applicants between the ages of 18-30.  You do not have to currently be a student to apply.

Organizing Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: January 25 – May 10
Hours: minimum of 100 hours

Location: Fellows will be hired to be based in and near campuses in North Carolina. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.


  • Develop a work plan that brings capacity to the youth and student movement. This can be through an existing organization, campaign, or a new initiative.
  • Attend a mandatory two-day organizing training January 25-26
  • Write a monthly blog post about their project
  • Fellows will spend 25% of work doing civic engagement
  • Work with partner organization to help build the skills and capacity of youth and students and youth and student-led organizations’ ability to engage in long-term movement building,
  • Participate in early May evaluation retreat



  • A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  • Available and willing to work some weekday evenings and weekends
  • Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  • Must have a driver’s license and preferably a car

Application Deadline: December 31

Interested candidates submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to Northcarolinaignite@gmail.com. Use the subject line “Organizing Fellow” in your email. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:  

  1. Why are you interested in this organizing fellowship?
  2. Describe your organizing experience and how that intersects with your theory of change.
  3. What do you think it will take to build the youth and student movement in North Carolina?
  4. Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.
  5. Tell us what organization, project, or campaign, you would be doing your fellowship with or describe your vision for your new organizing initiative (if you are unsure, what issue you hope to focus on).


Solutions to the problems facing North Carolina and our global community lie within our ability to work together for the common good and to build the leadership and power of young people to create lasting change.  In order to create the kind of future we all deserve, we must understand our past, defend the gains made by those who came before us, and ignite and empower everyday people to lead efforts to build a fair and just future. When those most affected by injustice are the leaders who find and implement solutions, we will create a better world.