2019-2020 Advocacy Corps Organizer
Thank you for your interest in the Advocacy Corps. This program trains young advocates to work in their own communities, with support and compensation from FCNL, to organize peers to lobby Congress.
Gun violence in the U.S. is so common that it rarely makes the news. As a nation, we have seemingly accepted that ordinary activities – going to a house of worship, a nightclub, a school – carry the risk of violent death. The gun violence epidemic is both a public health crisis and a troubling reflection on our country’s spiritual state.
But this level of gun violence is not inevitable. Policymakers' failure to pass common sense, responsible legislation contributes to appalling rates of gun violence in the United States. This year's Advocacy Corps class will learn about the sensible legislation Congress can pass to reduce deaths from guns.
If you are selected as a member of the Advocacy Corps, FCNL will train and support you and your fellow organizers to organize individuals in your community to lobby Congress to support legislation that reduces deaths from guns.
The Advocacy Corps program includes a 8 day summer-intensive training in Washington as well as two other trips to the nation’s capitol for trainings and updates. You’ll be part of a dynamic team of 20 people learning and working together in different parts of the country to make change on this vital issue.
In the Advocacy Corps, you will learn critical organizing skills and put them into practice with hands-on leadership experience. Advocacy Corps organizers will help arrange meetings with members of Congress in their local offices. We'll help you develop a work plan that highlights your strengths and organizing style. Applicants receive a $3,000 stipend over the course of the program. Please refer to the full job description and see frequently asked questions for additional information.
February 5, 2019: Application period opens for the Advocacy Corps
April 19, 2018: Final date to submit an application for the Advocacy Corps
Mid-May: FCNL Advocacy Corps class will be announced
July 26-August 4: Summer Intensive training in Washington, D.C. for accepted Advocacy Corps members (travel and housing provided)
September 2019-May 2020: Advocacy Corps members organize in their communities
Still have questions? Visit fcnl.org/advocate or contact Young Adult Program Manager Katie Breslin by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-903-2538.
To be part of this program, you need to:
- Be creative and passionate.
- Commit to spending 10 days in Washington, DC from July 26-August 4 (travel and housing provided).
- Commit to working 25 to 35 hours a month back on your college campus or in your home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.
The application process will also help you better understand the Advocacy Corps and the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a 76 year old Quaker lobby in the public interest.
The application includes:
- Seven short essay questions.
- A place to upload your resume.
- A place for including the names of two references. Please ask your references to send letters of recommendation directly to Katie Breslin at [email protected]