Apply for the Take Action for Power Fellowship!

Are you an emerging youth organizer looking to learn more about power building and experimenting new methods for social change? Would you like the opportunity and access to resources to create a direct change in your community? FCYO is looking for young leaders passionate about social justice and transformative change in their communities to join FCYO’s newly-launched Take Action for Power Fellowship!

The Take Action for Power Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program designed for emerging organizers ages 18-24 passionate about social justice and transformative systemic change. Through the Fellowship, organizers will receive political education and organizing training, opportunities for collective practice, a peer learning community, and financial resources that will support them to build and implement a social justice project in their own community. This program is about building collective leadership and requires fellows to apply and jointly work on a project in pairs or a group of three.

The Take Action for Power Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program designed for emerging organizers ages 18-24 passionate about social justice and transformative systemic change. Specific supports offered by the Fellowship include: 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Age 18-24

  • Apply as a group of at least 2-3 young people with a demonstrated track record of working together and capable of committing the same amount of time to a group-designed project (Note: each individual will need to complete a part of the application).

  • Have a track record that indicates a strong commitment to organizing collective action for social justice in impacted communities (e.g. disability rights, economic justice, gender justice, environmental justice, racial justice, militarism, etc.)

  • Identify as members of impacted communities, including BIPOC, low-income and working class, and gender oppressed communities (i.e. women and queer and trans folk)

  • Show capacity and desire to engage in a learning community based in FCYO’s Theory of Change framework that will be a shared space in which participants will discuss and learn about organizing and power building strategies, and willingness to experiment and try things that may not be comfortable 

  • Be available for and prepared to make the time commitment required by the Fellowship 

  • Have an existing idea for a new community organizing project (does not have to be fully developed)

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Take Action for Power Fellowship, follow the instructions on how to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) via the Survey Monkey portal. The deadline to submit your LOI is Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT. The LOI process will require you to provide basic personal information, answer some demographic information, and respond to narrative questions.

We are asking for one LOI for each project. However, each person in the group applying will have their own portion of the application to fill out.  If it is helpful, you can use this document to work on your responses and then cut and paste into the SurveyMonkey application portal.

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee acceptance into the fellowship program. All LOIs will be reviewed by FCYO staff and partners from the field. We anticipate that you will be notified in April 2022 regarding our decision whether we will move your application forward in the process. 

Follow these steps to begin the application process;

  1. Click here.

  2. Click “Register” to create an account Or click “Log in” to access your account

  3. Click on "Take Action for Power Fellowship" to begin the application process

  4. Be sure to save your work if you choose to return to it at a later time.

  5. Remember the portal will close on March 13th at 11:59 pm PT.

Should you experience technical difficulties navigating Survey Monkey,  please refer to the SurveyMonkey FAQ and a helpful video. If you continue to experience technical difficulties please contact