Civic Influencers Description & Application (On-Campus)
“We believe what makes you (and me) different is our superpower.”
About Civic Influencers
Civic Influencers 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 democracy power outages on campuses and in communities, and train young people to fight for youth voting rights and the policies they care about. We design youth-centered, 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 Influencers’ 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 and Inclusion at the forefront of my work. I understand that the time to act is now.
Are you ready to join the Civic Influencer Team?
Terms of service
We are thrilled that our Civic Influencers can serve multiple funded consecutive terms, that could include any or all of the planned terms. The upcoming terms are as follows:
- 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 Civic Influencers have the opportunity to enroll in multiple terms and are strongly encouraged to do so. Multi-term candidates and Civic Influencers will be given priority advancement opportunities on successful completion of each term.
Stipends: $500 leadership stipend per term. Civic Influencers will have the opportunity to earn an additional $250 stipend for completion of a Gold-level Tableau Data Badge training.
Additional Program takeaways: Opportunity for growth and additional stipends • National and local networks • Coaching and mentoring from renowned experts • Social media & digital engagement training • Organizing and campaign training • Media opportunities and training • Data analysis and visualization training • Public speaking and publishing opportunities and more.
Key deliverables to meet the requirements of the stipend:
- A minimum of three (3) democratic and voting engagement activities on campus and/or in the surrounding community throughout each term. These activities must take place before the last two weeks at the end of each term.
- One (1) systemic change project that leads to long-term change is also required each term, though could be spread over several terms.
- Civic Influencers will participate in data training to understand how advocacy and community change can be driven and recognized by the use of data. Tableau Bronze-level training and resources will be provided. Civic Influencers will complete Tableau’s Data Literacy for All eLearning track composed of 7 modules (5+ hours of training) completed at your own pace (this completes the Bronze-level training).
- For an additional stipend, Civic Influencers may complete advanced data training in partnership with Tableau. Civic Influencers will complete Tableau’s Silver-level Consumer Pathway (7 modules + assessment) and Tableau’s Gold-level Pathway of your choice. (Upon completion of these training sessions, an additional $250 stipend will be awarded. Civic Influencers can only earn this $250 stipend once.)
- Participate in a data-driven survey project that reports on current youth voting barriers and other democracy issues either in your community or on campus.
You may also be eligible for academic credit. You can discuss this with your Statewide Organizer(s).
Failure to meet these deliverables may result in you being removed from Civic Influencers and becoming ineligible for a future stipend and future participation.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Participate in our National Civic Influencers Orientation.
- Support Civic Influencers through video testimonials and stories about why civic engagement is important.
- Participate in monthly state-specific trainings, a national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training and other trainings as determined.
- Support Civic Influencers by participating in Civic Influencers Action Days either by signal boosting or creating unique engagements for your community or campus.
- Create a Civic Influencers Action Plan in conjunction with your Statewide Organizer(s) for how you will organize in your community and on campus, which includes the following:
- A minimum of three (3) activities to strengthen and protect youth voting rights;
- A systemic change project;
- A data-driven survey project that reports on current youth voting barriers and other democracy issues either in your community or on campus;
- A record of your activities in the Civic Influencers internal Activity Tracker; and
- Participate in our National Civic Influencers Orientation.
- Complete Tableau’s Data Literacy for All eLearning track composed of 7 modules (~5 hours of training) completed at your own pace (this completes the Bronze-level training).
- Schedule and consistently meet with your assigned State Organizer(s) via biweekly check-ins to troubleshoot your Civic Influencers Action Plan and receive additional support.
- Collaborate and partner with other Civic Influencers locally and/or nationwide, community partners, on-campus student organizations, administrators, and faculty members to complete aforementioned activities and at least one (1) systemic change project.
- Complete Civic Influencers Final Report.
Please note, academic credit may be available at some institutions. Some institutions may provide financial support to youth and students for community engagement and we encourage you to apply.
- You should be concerned about issues in your community and on campus.
- 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 young people voting and increasing young people’s civic power.
- You should enjoy online organizing and gaining social media skills.
- You should enjoy working with your peers in person and online as well.
- You should be a self-starter who takes initiative and would enjoy developing and implementing a Civic Influencers Action Plan.
- You should be enthusiastic about joining and being an active participant of a national team and movement to save and promote democracy.
- You should integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into all of your Civic Influencers activities and uphold our 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 while doing Civic Influencers’ activities.
- 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-by-case basis. Please let us know your needs.)
- You should not be enrolled in another paid student voting fellowship. All other fellowships/internships will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in college, 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 students 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 and quality health care • Climate change • Food/housing insecurity • Gun violence