Civic Influencers Description & Application (Off-Campus)
“We believe what makes you (and me) different is our superpower”
About Campus Election Engagement Project (Campus Elect)
Campus Elect is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that activates young people’s civic power through organizing, learning, and advocacy. We use real-time data to draw attention to civic power outages on campuses and in communities, and train young people to promote an inclusive democracy and fight for youth voting rights and policies. We help youth design data-driven civic action projects that remove barriers to voting and push decision-makers to give young people a seat at the table.
The Civic Influencer’s Credo
I am concerned about issues that impact my people, campus, community, and land. I am concerned about the state of democracy and want to be part of a national movement that is not afraid to stand up for our youth voting rights and lift up our voices. I want to grow and learn. I want to change the systems that have intentionally left people out of the democratic process. I am dedicated to putting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at the forefront of my work. I understand that the time to act is now.
Are you ready to join the Civic Influencers Team?
We are thrilled that our Civic Influencers can serve multiple funded consecutive terms, that could include five (5) or more terms. The immediate upcoming terms are as follows:
- October 4 , 2021 to December 15, 2021;
- January 3, 2022 to May 27, 2022;
- June 6, 2022 to August 12, 2022;
- August 29, 2022 to December 16, 2022; and
- January 4, 2023 to May 26, 2023.
*All Influencers have the opportunity to enroll in multiple terms and are strongly encouraged to do so. Multi-term candidates and Influencers will be given priority advancement opportunities on successful completion of each term.
Grant-Stipends: $500 leadership grant-stipend per term. Civic Influencers will have the opportunity to earn an $250 additional grant for completion of Civic Influencers Data and Social Media Certificate training.
Additional Program Takeaways: Opportunity for growth & additional grant-stipends • National and Local networks • Coaching and mentoring from renowned experts • Social media & digital engagement training • Organizing and campaign training • Media Opportunities & training • Data analysis and visualization training • Public speaking & publishing opportunities and more.
Key Deliverables to Meet the Requirements of the Grant-Stipend:
- With the support of the Co-chief of Youth Civic Power and a Statewide Organizer, create a customized action plan that strategically addresses at least two voter suppression issues (No early voting; Early voting cuts; No Sunday Souls to the Polls Early Voting; Strict voter photo ID laws, etc.) in your community, and one social issue (like hunger & food insecurity, climate crisis, healthcare, income gap, student debt, police reform, etc.) that is currently affecting your community.
- Collect stories from community members that describe instances in which they were denied their right to vote or circumstances in which their right to vote was restricted.
- Develop a final report on your activities in the Civic Influencers program. With the data visualization training we provide, you can tell your collected stories in a powerful way. You can highlight other steps you and/or incoming Civic Influencers may implement to improve the impact of your stories and help organize your peers and get them to register and vote.
- Host a minimum of two (2) democratic and voting engagement events/trainings within your community each term that address the voter suppression issues raised in your Civic Influencers Action Plan. These activities must take place before the last two weeks at the end of each term.
- The planning and implementation of two (2) advocacy initiatives (like an awareness campaign, contacting representatives, providing testimony on bills, etc.) are also required each term, though could be spread over several terms.
- For an additional stipend, Civic Influencers can participate in the Civic Influencers Data Certificate training in partnership with Salesforce-Tableau and the Social Media Certificate training. (Upon completion of these training sessions, an additional $250 stipend will be awarded.)
If you have experience with Social Media Content Creation & Management and/or Research & Reporting, join our team as part of a Digital Civic Influencers cohort!
Key deliverables include:
Content Creation & Management
- Create social media content, both static and dynamic, that can be modified to fit across all Civic Influencers platforms.
- Facilitate deeper social media engagement that goes beyond posts, including Polls, Q&As, etc. that prompts direct response and conversation from the Civic Influencers’ community.
- Organize and lead social media takeovers, identifying youth, community partners and influencers who will draw more traffic to Civic Influencers’ social media platforms and website(s) and increase overall engagement.
Research & Reporting
- Weekly, research voter suppression legislation bills and laws across the US to ensure Civic Influencers is reporting out on the current state of youth voting.
- Additionally, research and identify trends in youth voting and what youth care about to inform content creation.
- Assist in pulling engagement and traction reports across social media platforms.
- Attend staff meetings as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Participate in our National Civic Influencers Orientation.
- May present to the Network at least once the successes and challenges of your Civic Influencers Action Plan.
- Participate in the Civic Influencers Blue Ribbon Committee meeting.
- May present to the Committee of experts the successes and challenges of your Civic Influencers Action Plan.
- Participate in monthly state-specific trainings, a national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training and other trainings as determined.
- Create a customized Civic Influencers Action Plan in conjunction with the Co-Chief of Youth Civic Power or Statewide Organizer(s), depending on who you are assigned, for how you will organize in your community, that includes the following:
- At least two voter suppression issues in your community;
- One social issue that is currently affecting your community;
- A minimum of two (2) activities to strengthen and protect youth voting rights;
- Two advocacy initiatives. One addressing a voter suppression issue within your community and one that addresses the social issue that is currently affecting your community;
- A data-driven project that reports on current youth voting barriers and other democracy issues either in your community; and
- A record of your activities in the Civic Influencers internal tracking system.
- Schedule and consistently meet with the Co-Chief of Youth Civic Power or State Organizer(s), this will depend on who you are assigned, via biweekly check-ins to troubleshoot your customized Civic Influencers Action Plan and receive additional support.
- Implement your Civic Influencers Action Plan and collaborate and partner with other Civic Engagement organizations locally and/or nationwide, community partners, to complete aforementioned activities and at least one (1) advocacy initiative.
- Submit a final report summarizing your accomplishments, lessons learned and steps you can take to improve your civic engagement work.
- Civic Influencers will also have the option to present their final report to other colleges and universities within our network.
- You should be problem solvers who activate the young people in your community.
- You should be passionate about making systemic changes within your community.
- You should be concerned about both voter and social issues in your community.
- You care about fairness and justice.
- You should have a passion for engaging your peers in voting, the electoral process and strengthening democracy.
- You should be committed to youth voting and youth civic power.
- You should enjoy online organizing and gaining social media skills.
- You should be a self-starter who takes initiative and would enjoy developing and implementing a Civic Influencers Action Plan.
- You should have enthusiasm for joining and being an active participant of a national team and movement to save and promote democracy.
- You should integrate DEI into all Civic Influencers activities and uphold Campus Elect’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion*.
- You should embrace the agility and innovative spirit of start-up and campaign culture, and be willing to shift priorities based on urgent democracy needs on your campus and in your community.
- You should remain nonpartisan during the time as one of our Civic Influencers.
- You must have access to an electronic device (e.g., a computer or tablet) and a stable Internet connection. (We may be able to help on a case-case basis. Please let us know your needs.)
- You should not be participating in another voting fellowship. All other fellowships/internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We are looking for passionate, driven and enthusiastic organizers/activists , in particular, we strongly encourage the candidates who identify as the following to apply:
BIYoC (Black, Indigenous, Youth of Color) • STEM majors • Creatives • Artists • Non-English first language speakers • First-generation • LGBTQ+ • Neurodiverse • People with disabilities
As well as individuals who have been directly impacted or their family/friends have been impacted, and are passionate about addressing the following issues:
COVID • Economic hardship/unemployment • Student debt • Police violence • Racial injustice • Access to inclusive/quality health care • Climate change • Food/housing insecurity • Gun violence
Please note that we are eager to enroll candidates for this first available term (October 4, 2021 to December 15, 2021) and will prioritize interviews and candidates available for this term. We will accept applications up until, and no later than October 1st for the first term. If you are interested in applying for the second term starting January 3rd, we encourage you to apply now.