Bringing community perspectives together
builds lasting solutions.
Move for America's Fellowship trains, supports, and places Fellows in 12-month service positions to support projects designed to elevate community perspectives in problem solving, decision-making, or program co-creation.
Is your organization passionate about effective community engagement?
Are you looking for a way to inject new perspectives and expertise into the communities that you serve? Move for America fellows seek to do just that.
Apply now and host a Move for America fellow at your organization!
Move for America is committed to catalyzing a generation of leaders passionate about bridging these divides and strengthening civic dialogue to elevate community-driven solutions and build a more peaceful and just future.
Our Fellowship program is designed for emerging leaders to move across America's cultural, political, and geographic fault lines and work with community based organizations where they live, learn, and serve.
APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR FALL COHORT MATCHING
What is the Move for America Fellowship?
The Move for America Fellowship is a paid, year-long immersive learning experience for emerging leaders to move across the urban/rural divide to live, learn and serve. Interested students and postgraduate students apply to the fellowship and are matched with host organizations where they will work over the course of the year-long program. Once successfully matched with one of our host partners Fellows relocate to work, live and learn in their new community.
Fellows work full time at their host organizations and can complete projects ranging from interviewing community leaders to developing marketing materials and grant writing, depending on the needs of the host.
Who is a Move for America fellow?
A Move for America Fellow is curious, motivated, passionate about bridging divides, and committed to learning from others.
Fellows are not required to have previous job experience. Instead we seek those who exhibit traits we believe to be integral in active community engagement: curiosity, motivation, growth mindset, and a commitment to community.
Fellows who are selected and matched with a host site undergo training in community engagement, intercultural communication and conflict resolution. These training sessions are integral to the fellowship program and increase a Fellows' impact on their host organization.
Who are Move for America host site partners?
Our host sites are community-based organizations seeking to address an unmet need in their community by authentically listening to and engaging the community.
Why host a Fellow?
● Fellows address previously unmet community needs
● Infuses additional capacity and expertise
● Cost Effective
● Connect with our network of community-based partners
● Opportunities for collaborative fundraising
We ask all host site partners to contribute to a portion of the Fellows' living expenses. Move for America has funding available to offset the costs, particularly for organizations serving low-income and / or rural communities.
June - Early-August: Application window for host sites is open.
Late July - Early-August: Host sites are notified of their acceptance into the program
August - September: Move for America undergoes matching process for hosts and fellows. Match recommendations are sent out.
Late-August - Early September: Fellow starts work at host site.
A mutually beneficial partnership...
Becoming a Move for America host site begins a meaningful partnership with commitments on both sides.
We commit to recruiting skilled and value aligned Fellows, training and supporting Fellows throughout their Fellowship.
As a host site partner we expect you to first and foremost to welcome your fellow into your organization and community with support and warmth.
Host sites further commit to:
Supervise and mentor a Move for America Fellow for up to one year
Identify an unmet need, unexplored asset or emerging opportunity in their community that if met or explored would meaningfully impact the lives of community members
Have key organizational leaders committed to implementing the community- driven project recommendations of the Fellows to the extent possible
Help connect Fellows to housing and/or host families in the community
Support the Fellow’s capstone project
Complete pre/post program evaluations