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I am a big fan of Young People For.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank them for all they have taught me and the opportunities they entrusted in me.  I hope that other young leaders will take advantage of this resource.

Fellowship Associate
Washington, DC

People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities.

Young People For (YP4) is a progressive leadership development program focused on identifying, engaging, and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. YP4 is dedicated to identifying young campus and community leaders, engaging them, and supporting them with the skills and resources they need to create change. Together, People For and YP4 are building a long-term network of emerging leaders committed to protecting our nation’s fundamental rights and freedoms.

YP4 has three overarching priorities: 1) to diversity leadership in the progressive movement; 2) to support young leaders to effect change in their communities now; and 3) to ensure that young leaders are sustained in their leadership over the long term. The core of YP4 is our one-year fellowship for progressive college students, which supports and empowers them to create change now on their campuses and in their communities. The 2009 fellowship class is comprised of 150 fellows from 86 campuses in 29 states and is the next generation of YP4’s growing network of over 650 alumni across the nation.

The position is located in Washington, DC and reports to the Fellowship Program Manager.


  • In collaboration with the Fellowship Manager, develop quarterly, annual, and individual goals to ensure that deliverables are met.
  • Manage Fellowship interns.
  • Work closely with Fellowship staff to coordinate day-to-day communication with fellows.
  • Support and maintain substantive relationships with fellows through regular communication including in-person meetings, phone calls, and e-mail exchanges and  provide support and coaching for fellows as they engage in individualized leadership development activities, short- and long-term planning, and goal-setting.
  • Support fellows’ social justice work on their campuses or in their communities and work with them to plan and execute sustainable, community-driven projects.
  • Develop and manage strong relationships with professors, administrators and campus activists at state universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s), Tribal Colleges, liberal arts universities and community colleges.
  • Support the Young People For team at local, state, regional, and national conferences and events.
  • Support the development of relationships with local, state, regional, and national progressive organizations.
  • Participate in annual Fellowship recruitment and selection process by creating and implementing innovative outreach strategies including phone, e-mail, and social media, reviewing fellowship applications, and interviewing candidates.
  • In collaboration with the Young People For team, plan and execute regional trainings and the annual National Summit.


  • 1-3 years related experience including grassroots, political, student or youth organizing and/or leadership development work.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be well organized, detail-oriented and able to effectively manage competing priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work effectively with a variety of people.
  • Strong commitment to professional development.
  • Excellent written communications skills.
  • Previous experience in staff recruitment and/or job placement desirable.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information and present in a usable format.
  • Ability to work independently, with supervision, and as part as a team.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and to work additional hours when needed.
  • Familiarity with MS Office applications; experience with online communities and interest in web-based tools to advance progressive causes.
  • Familiarity with the progressive community and a commitment to the issues of Young People For (campus diversity, civic engagement, civil rights, economic justice, education, environmental conservation and justice, healthcare, immigration, international human rights, worker’s right, Native American issues, traditions, and empowerment, and progressive coalition and alliance building).

To apply: Send resume and statement of interest to Human Resources, People For the American Way Foundation, 2000 M Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. Email

People For the American Way Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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