Columban Advocacy Fellows

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 learn how to bring the good news of peace and justice to policymakers in government, and to how be an effective leader for justice in your own community. 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 develop your own advocacy strategy to implement 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 is finalized.

Once you return home, you’ll have access to CCAO’s resources and expertise as you implement your advocacy strategy and work to make a positive difference in your community.

*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.
  • If accepted, Fellows will be asked to contribute $250 toward the cost of the program. Similar to a “mission trip,” the CCAO asks that participants fundraise a portion of the $250.00 fee. If you would like to brainstorm fundraising ideas with our office, please feel free to contact Wesley Cocozello at ccaoprograms@columban.org.
  • 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 for the “faith + advocacy” training.
  • 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 is finalized.
  • Fellows must implement the advocacy strategy they develop in Washington, DC when they return home. Fellows will have access to CCAO’s resources and expertise to help them during this process.


Logistics for “Faith + Advocacy” Training

  • CCAO will pay for each participant’s airfare to and from Washington, DC.
  • Housing near CCAO offices, 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 leader for social justice.


Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: May 19, 2019
  • “Faith + Advocacy” Training: August 3 to August 10, 2019

 


Questions about the Columban Advocacy Fellows program? Email Wesley at ccaoprograms@columban.org.