Leadership Opportunities

Climate Leadership Fellows

Climate Leadership Fellows

The Climate Leadership Fellows experience is a selective program for undergraduate college students, beginning with a training retreat in August and running through April of the following year.

We aim to equip new leaders who can promote a biblical understanding of the climate crisis and organize faithful responses within their campuses, churches and communities. Working together with experienced Y.E.C.A. Organizers and other mentors, Fellows develop a strategy and specific project for engaging their local context around climate action. The Fellowship includes project support, related travel expenses and a yearlong stipend for the Fellow.

Learn more about the experiences of our past Climate Leadership Fellows cohorts here.

Click here to apply--Application deadline is March 24th!

Opportunities

  • Be on the front lines of something bigger than each of us as individuals—join the national movement to help Christians engage faithfully around the climate crisis from a distinctively biblical perspective.

  • Impact your campus, church, or community for good and be empowered with the networks, resources, and funding to be successful. This is a unique opportunity to integrate faith, learning, and living in addressing one of the great challenges of our time.

  • Gain valuable skills and experience in organizing/mobilization, advocacy/public policy, leadership development, and more, which will equip you for future ministry and career opportunities.

  • Build meaningful friendships and connections with peers and experts from around the country. This is a valuable opportunity to network with both church and climate leaders.

  • Benefit from numerous resources and ongoing trainings, beginning with the all-expenses-paid training retreat towards the end of August.

  • Use this Fellowship to meet internship or other academic credit requirements for graduation.

  • And earn a stipend in the process: Fellows will be awarded a $1,000 stipend ($500/semester). This is in addition to the funding that will be made available to support Fellowship projects.

Expectations

  • Be an active and committed Christian, and support the mission of Y.E.C.A.

  • Participate in the training/orientation retreat towards the end of August.

  • Work with Y.E.C.A. staff to develop and approve a plan and timeline for engaging your campus/church/community around climate action. This plan will be developed during the August training retreat and should center on a core project that includes both awareness/educational and advocacy components.

  • Identify a faculty member at your institution who will serve as a local advisor for your project and provide support as needed (especially pertinent if using the fellowship to fulfill academic internship requirements)

  • Invest approximately 10hrs every week on Fellowship-related work. Some weeks may require more time depending on the nature and flow of your project.

  • Meet regularly with Y.E.C.A. staff and the Fellows cohort (via biweekly video calls), and connect as needed with your campus/church/community advisor.

  • Develop a personal prayer network of friends, families, and other supporters, and keep them regularly updated.

  • Submit a final report/evaluation at the end of the Fellowship—specifications will be provided by Y.E.C.A. staff in conjunction with any academic credit requirements from respective campuses.

Click Here to Apply Application deadline is March 24th!