Policy for The People Fellowship

Statement

At this time, the Policy for The People Fellowship has concluded.

About the Fellowship

Initiated by Policy for the People, the Policy for The People Fellowship is a program to help those further their developing policy proposals and those who wish to develop one. University policy students, primarily for those based in the United States, are welcome to opt-in. This is an opportunity for you to learn about policy-building and develop policy-making skiils, from Policy for The People's mentors and peer mentors.

From mentoring and peer networking sessions, to developing your very own campaign for your policy idea, each Fellow will walk away from this program with at least one (1) deliverable they've helped create, develop, and/or launch.

Expectations of Policy for The People Fellows

Policy for The People Fellows can work individually or team up with other Fellows (with a maximum of 4 team members) to develop their policy proposals.

In terms of time commitment, much of the Fellowship work will be done asynchronously at your convenience. However, Fellows are expected to spend 5 hours a week on their policy proposal. In terms of check-ins and virtual meetings, Policy for The People Fellows are expected to coordinate with their assigned mentor(s), and/or peer mentor(s), to create a suitable schedule. In between each conference, Policy for The People Fellows are asked to work asynchronously, and independently, on further developing their policy proposals. This way, each conference will serve as a work session/discussion-based meeting on what could be improved, refined, or reworked before the next conference.

Policy for The People Fellows are also asked to declare what deliverable(s) they wish to develop by the end of the Policy Sprint program, so as to framework each conference, work session, and independent progressions, in terms of the desired end-deliverable(s). Such deliverables can include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating with municipal/collegiate newsletters for media coverage for your policy brief's press release
  • Creating an informational website to learn more about the cause/solution you're advocating for
  • Curating and disseminating a Community Toolkit for your country/state/region/area, informing others on subject matters, such as: how one can get involved with your policy ideas, where to learn more about public policy in your area, how to get started in advocacy work, etc.
  • Spearheading the coalition-building efforts needed to start a virtual civic engagement group/community of your own
  • Launching a digital campaign to promote your policy solutions via social media/media-sharing platforms
  • Reaching out to policymakers and elected officials of relevance via email correspondence for further discussion and/or an endorsement of a part, or the whole, of your policy solution or related deliverable(s)

Who can opt-in to the Policy for The People Fellowship?

  • Typically majors of Public Policy, Public Affairs, or International Affairs

  • Selected participants/winners from the Pandemic Policython of Fall 2020

  • Community organizers

  • Those pursuing their Bachelor's or Master's

  • Those committed to meeting once per month (for group-wide, virtual conferences)

Note: You do NOT need a policy idea ready beforehand to opt-in to the Policy for The People Fellowship.

Events:

Interactive events are held throughout the fellowship to help fellows further their research. Additionally, these events will be posted below with their dates, times, and a recording of them. The timeline will continue to be updated, as the fellowship progresses.

Timeline:

  • August 4th
    • International Educational Inequality
    • Speaker: Jackie Majerus
  • August 11th
    • Economic Inequality
    • Speaker: Rajeev Garg
  • August 24th
    • Gentrification in Washington, D.C.
    • Speaker: Jackson Beauregard

Note: dates, times, and speakers are subject to change.

How can I opt-in to the Policy for The People Fellowship?

Interested in becoming a fellow? If so, fill out this form (https://forms.gle/Y8nCh3v5aCBvsJRQ8)! Additionally, those interested in receiving mentorship and/or internship opportunities may reach out to our main email address (contact@policython.com) for further information on ways to get involved with Policy for the People's projects similar to that of the Policy for The People Fellowship. 

Research Projects:

Here are some of the research projects, submitted by Fellows: 

 

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