Civic Influencers Description & Application (Community)

“We believe what makes you (and me) different is our superpower.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 Summer and Fall terms. The interview period will begin April 18, 2022.

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 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, 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 Influencers 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:

  1. June 6, 2022 to August 12, 2022,
  2. August 29,  2022 to December 16, 2022, and
  3. 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 Civic Influencers Gold-level Data 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.

Deliverables 

  • Complete a minimum of three (3) democratic and voting engagement activities in your community. These activities must take place before the last two weeks at the end of the term.  
  • Develop one (1) systemic change project that leads to long term change. Can be spread over multiple terms. 
  • Partner with media and participate in a data-driven project that frequently reports on current youth voting barriers and other democracy issues in your community. (This may also include completing short videos for social media about your civic engagement journey and signal boosting content on Civic Influencer sites).
  • Support Civic Influencers on Social media and complete short videos about your civic engagement
  • Submit an end-of-term report summarizing your accomplishments and suggestions for the future.
  • Complete the Civic Influencers Bronze-level Data Training.

You may also be eligible for academic credit. You can discuss this with your Statewide Organizer(s).

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.
    • Create a Civic Influencers Action Plan in conjunction with your Statewide Organizer(s) for how you will organize in your community, 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;  
      • A record of your activities in the Civic Influencers internal Activity Tracker; and
  • 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. 

Additional requirements

  • You should be concerned about issues in your community.
  • 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 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.)

We are looking for young people between 18-29, 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 young people 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