Scope of responsibilities:

    • Develop a core group of local advocates to engage on local education issues in your community. For this, each fellow must engage a minimum of 10 other parents.
    • Develop a consistent presence on social media.
    • Work with the JerseyCAN Senior Advisor to engage in advocacy efforts at the local district level and/or the New Jersey state capitol.
    • Attend a minimum of three local community meetings (i.e., school board meetings or town halls) around education to gain familiarity about community support and needs.
    • Attend a minimum of one state-level advocacy event such as a legislative hearing, State Board of Education virtual meeting, etc.
    • Complete a minimum of three public-facing deliverables, which will be defined by the JerseyCAN team and will include, but are not limited to, testimony/public comment at the state or local level, op-eds, letters to the editor, video/podcasts, creating social media campaigns, organizing parents to speak at a local board meeting, etc.

Key skills section:

    • Passion for education advocacy and student-centric reform
    • Outstanding writing abilities
    • Political organizing or outreach experience is a plus

Important notes:

    • This fellowship includes a stipend of $3,000, which will be distributed upon completion of the program requirements.
    • The fellowship will run from early October until mid-December 2022 with possible extensions granted with JerseyCAN approval.

Requirements of the program:

    • Must be a parent, grandparent or guardian of a student attending school in New Jersey

Not required but strongly encouraged:

    • Completed JerseyCAN’s parent training program, Parent Champions for Strong Schools

Application closes on September 26.

This application is now closed.