Are you passionate about social justice?

Do you believe government and public policy have an important role to play in our society?

Do you want to take your advocacy and leadership skills to the next level?

Then the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) invites you to become a Columban Advocacy Fellow. CCAO believes we can change policies that cause injustice and implement alternatives that uphold human dignity and care for our common home.

As a Fellow, you'll strengthen your advocacy and leadership skills in order to promote social justice within public policy and your local communities. Young adults ages 19 to 30 are welcome to apply.

As a Columban Advocacy Fellow, you'll get the opportunity to come to Washington, DC and participate in a week-long "faith + advocacy" training. In our nation's capital, you'll…

  • • practice the tools of effective faith-based* advocacy,
  • • learn from policy experts and seasoned advocates,
  • • and brainstorm how to put your advocacy and leadership skills to use back home.

To see last year's "faith + advocacy" training itinerary, click here. Please note, however, that each year's itinerary is different. CCAO will share the 2019 itinerary with the Fellows once it's finalized.

Once you return home, you'll complete a number of advocacy tasks that build on your experience in Washington, DC. You'll also have access to CCAO's resources and expertise as you work to make a positive difference in your local communities.

*Even though CCAO makes frequent use of Catholic Social Teaching and our experience as people of faith as the foundation for our work and this program, participants from any faith tradition, or no faith tradition, are welcome to apply. There will be activities during the course of the program designed to engage and deepen the Fellows' spirituality in the Columban tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. However, these activities will be optional.

Program Expectations

  • Applicants should be between the ages of 19 and 30.
  • Applicants should review the "Columban Advocacy Fellow role description." Fellows must complete the outcomes listed in the role description
  • If accepted, Fellows will be asked to contribute $250 toward the cost of the program. Similar to a "mission trip," CCAO asks that participants fundraise a portion of the $250.00 fee. If you would like to brainstorm fundraising ideas with us, please feel free to contact Wesley at
  • Fellows must be familiar with CCAO's advocacy priorities and will be given a brief reading list to complete before they arrive in DC for the "faith + advocacy" training. Fellows must be comfortable advocating on behalf of these priorities during the course of the program.
  • Fellows must participate in an orientation Skype call before they arrive in DC, as well as a post-program call.
  • Fellows are expected to fully participate during the week-long "faith + advocacy" training. To see last year's itinerary, click here. Please note, however, that each year's itinerary is different. CCAO will share the 2019 itinerary with the Fellows once it's finalized.
  • Fellows must complete a number of advocacy and program-related tasks once the return home from the "faith + advocacy" training. These tasks are listed in the role description

Logistics for "Faith + Advocacy" Training

  • CCAO will pay for each participant's airfare to and from Washington, DC.
  • Housing near CCAO office, as well as meals, will be provided. Participants may have to share a room.
  • Participants are expected to bring enough clothes and toiletries for the duration of the training – seven days. A washing machine will not be available.
  • Fare for public transportation will be provided.
  • Some free time is built into the program; however, participants are expected to pay for any expenses incurred during free time. Please note that while there will be some limited opportunities to sight-see in the city, this trip to Washington, DC is about developing your skills as an advocate and a leader for social justice.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 26, 2019
  • "Faith + Advocacy" Training in Washington, DC: August 3 to August 10, 2019
  • Program Length: July 3 to November 10, 2019




Questions about the Columban Advocacy Fellows program? Email Wesley at

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