Ignite NC Launches Fall Fellowships!

Ignite NC Fall Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, August 13 at 12:00PM

Decisions will be made by August 18.

Ignite NC is accepting applications for three types of fellowships this fall: Community Organizing (8 positions), NC Vote Defenders (9 positions), and Media & Communication (1 position).

Youth ages 18-30 are eligible to apply.  Those selected for the program will receive a 3 day training and a $500 stipend upon successful completion. Descriptions of fellowships are below

NC Vote Defenders Fellow:

In 2013 NC passed the worst voter suppression law in the country that makes it more difficult for youth, people of color, and poor people to vote. By monitoring polls and educating the public about the changes. Ignite NC’s Vote Defender project is raising awareness about the new laws, watchdogging election officials and other voters for patterns of misconduct, and building the movement for grassroots people’s power in NC.

The positions can be based anywhere in NC, through there are a limited number of positions.

If you are selected, you must be able to attend a mandatory 2 day organizing training in Durham, NC Saturday, August 30- Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) and a statewide conference September 12-14 in Raleigh NC.  Travel stipends will be made available.

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color, outside the Triangle or Charlotte area, between the ages of 18-30, are strongly encouraged to apply.  You do not have to be a student to apply.

NC Vote Defender Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 25
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

Location: Fellows will based in or near campus community. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Responsibilities:

  • Protect voting rights in NC by educating students on the new voting law
  • Recruit and train volunteers for election day poll monitoring
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues
  • Attend a mandatory three-day organizing training August 30-September 1
  • Document your work through blog posts, pictures, and administrative tracking

Document and build relationships with local organizations around enfranchisement and support local youth and student base-building efforts participate in a closing evaluation 

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to building the progressive youth and student movement in North Carolina 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

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

Community Organizing Fellow:

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. These fellowships are designed for youth who are currently working on an issue based campaign.

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 August 30- September 1 (Durham NC) and a statewide conference Sep 12-14 (Raleigh 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.

Community Organizer Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 24
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

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

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a work plan that brings capacity to an existing campaign in the youth and student movement.
  • Gather pledge cards that engage youth around relevant issues
  • Fellows will spend 25% of their work on civic engagement
  • Attend a mandatory Three-day organizing training August 30-September 1
  • Document your work through blog posts, pictures, and tracking
  • Participate in a fellowship evaluation 

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • 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

To Apply

To apply fill out the applicaiton send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

 

Communication Fellow:

Communication Fellow’s will support the organizing work of the NC Vote Defender Fellows and organizing fellows! The positions can be based anywhere in NC. Activities will include writing press releases, managing social media, creating graphics/flyers, updating website and developing a media strategy.

If you are selected, you must be able to attend a mandatory 2 day organizing training in Durham, NC Saturday, August 30- Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) and a statewide conference September 12-14 in Raleigh NC.  Travel stipends will be made available.

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.  Women, LGBTQ, and people of color, outside the Triangle or Charlotte area, between the ages of 18-30, are strongly encouraged to apply.  You do not have to be a student to apply.

 

Specific Requirements Include:

 

 BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY: Fellows the communications unit in its efforts to develop and implement strategies to advance the brand, value and mission of Ignite NC, and the strategic planning and management of organization-wide outreach and marketing projects and collateral through traditional and new media marketing tools, and collaboration with University and departments Community Organizations on effective cross-marketing opportunities.

 

Communication Fellow

Position: Fellow
Dates: August 30 – November 25
Hours: minimum of 80 hours

Location: Fellows will based in or near campus community. A $500 stipend is offered with this fellowship.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a media strategy that supports organizing efforts
  • Using traditional and social media to create awareness about emerging organizations and initiatives
  • Creating email announcements that uplift and aid organizing work
  • Create materials and keep website updated
  • Recruit and train volunteers for election day poll monitoring
  • Gather pledge cards to engage youth around relevant issues
  • Attend a mandatory three-day organizing training August 30-September 1

FELLOWS MUST HAVE

  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to building the progressive youth and student movement in North Carolina 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
  • Be Familiar with wordpress, HTML, social media platforms and have communication experience
  • Demonstrates a passion for understanding strategic communications and its integration into an overall marketing strategy.
  • Exceptional written and personal communication skills
  • Demonstrated creativity in the practice of PR or related field
  • Willingness and ability to work well in teams
  • Experience in manage social media accounts

To apply fill out the application send a copy of your resume to northcarolinaignite@gmail.com

IGNITE NC MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

 

NC Vote Defender featured in the Nation blog

“In 2012, the Koch brothers and right-wing millionaire Art Pope achieved an extremist takeover of North Carolina, resulting in devastating legislation from healthcare to education to voting rights. Fifty years after the original Freedom Summer in Mississippi, youth are organizing to reverse the onslaught. July 7 marked the first day of hearings for a preliminary injunction on the most draconian voter suppression law in the country, which eliminates same-day registration and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, guts campaign finance laws and requires a photo ID but prohibits the usage of student IDs. In response to this law, we’ve mobilized at Moral Monday’s with the state NAACP, and more than 350 people with NC Vote Defenders and Democracy NChave monitored polls in thirty-four counties. This month, while youth pack the court room and county board of elections, the Youth Organizing Institute Freedom School is training high school students on community organizing to build on the legacy of youth struggle in North Carolina.”

—Bryan Perlmutter

See the full article here

Moral Monday

Last Monday, the Ignite crew went to go take on the last Moral Monday of the year. It was a great inspiring protest with the focus being on LGBTQ rights. It had an electric feel with everyone being there working to change the way our state was dealing with issues from healthcare, minimum wage, education, the environment and voting rights, just to name a few. It was great to people from across the state get involveds in such local issues than many people and often the press overlook. Everyone there was united to stand-up for the ideals we believe in.

MM photo

This Moral Monday was different from many of the ones in the past because it involved a      sit-in/pray-in/teach-in throughout the halls of the capital building.  There we had a fascinating discussion about what we need to fix in North Carolina and how we should set about doing it. It was great to hear from everyone there, including the Ignite members I went with and other people from our local community. Everyone had great and unique input about the issues so close to all of their heart’s. After the teach/pray/sit-ins all finished then everyone went to the main foyer, to start singing and for those who decided to get arrested to be arrested. It was a great moment to see and was truly inspirational. Despite, the police kicking us out early for a fire-code “violation”, which clearly was not being violated, it was a wonderful event. It made me so proud to see all my Ignite friends there and all of us working to make a difference.