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Democracy Fellows will work in their communities with the support of Common Cause Texas staff and the national election protection coalition to ensure that every citizen of Texas who wants to vote is able to cast a ballot safely and with confidence. Our collective work will boost civic engagement and promote the value of becoming lifelong participants in democracy on their campus.

The Common Cause Texas Democracy Fellowship aims to provide students with the skills to address the voter suppression that young people, especially young people of color, experience by working with campus and community organizations that serve those communities. This election cycle we are recruiting fellows in the following counties:

 

  • Harris
  • Jefferson
  • Hidalgo
  • Jones
  • Dallas 
  • McClellan
  • Cameron
  • Hood
  • Tarrant
  • Hays
  • Starr
  • Johnson
  • Bexar
  • Williamson
  • Webb
  • Ector
  • Travis
  • Comal
  • Nueces
  • Upshur
  • Collin
  • Brazos
  • Bee
  • Angelina
  • Fort Bend
  • Bell
  • Gregg
  • Medina
  • Denton
  • Waller
  • Navarro
  • Wharton
  • Montgomery 
  • Potter
  • Madison
  • El Paso
  • Galveston
  • Lubbock
  • Matagorda
  • Brazoria

All applicants from the communities listed above will be prioritized.

This is about a 15-hour-per-week commitment for the semester. Selected Democracy Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend per month from October 1-January 1. Fellows will be paid on November 15, December 15 and January 15 for a total of $3,000.

Over the course of the Fellowship, you will:

  • Receive training to support you in creating a Election Protection campaign based on your community’s needs.
  • Engage in weekly discussions and design-thinking workshops in our community.
  • Engage with your community and recruit volunteers for our poll monitor program.
  • Immerse yourself within your community to form community-based coalitions focused on election protection work.
  • Gain experience in content production such as social media graphics, videos, blog posts. 
  • Gain experience creating graphics, videos, blog posts and gathering multimedia content.
  • Conduct policy research and assist in finding content and citations for a Democracy on the Brink report. 

The desired outcomes of the fellowship are:

  • At least one civic engagement and/or education event.
  • A base of volunteers and/or student activists.
  • A student network of campus activists.
  • A community-based coalition. 
  • An increase in understanding of your state legislative process.

Opportunities

  • Build relationships with community members and organizations in your state;
  • Participate in leadership and organizing trainings to prepare you for future work in politics, law, advocacy, public relations, and more;
  • Develop a mentoring relationship with Common Cause’s staff and connections to Common Cause’s community of partners.

An ideal candidate will

  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Engage peers and the surrounding community in the electoral process
  • Have strong written and verbal skills
  • Be a self-motivator

Contact us by email at mmarin@commoncause.org if you have any questions.

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