2017 Fellowship for Community Change

        General information

1939800_733537190068856_7097147671812050417_o.jpgOhio Student Association fellows all have one thing in common: a desire to fight for justice in communities across Ohio. This semester-long program teaches young change-makers the art and science of community organizing and civic engagement.Throughout the semester, participants are supported as they gain valuable knowledge, skills, and field experience by actively engaging in the movement for a better future for Ohio’s youth.

The fellowship is unpaid, however transportation and accommodation costs will be covered and if you are a student we can  work with you and your university to get internship credit. Fellows who complete the program will be encouraged to apply for leadership roles and civic engagement positions with OSA.


Program and Purpose

Fellows are required to take part in both field and instructional components

Instructional: During four weekend retreats fellows will learn how to be more dynamic and effective organizational leaders.

  • Fellows will learn about what power is and how to build power as organizers.

  • Fellows will develop skills in communication, team-building and strategic planning that are necessary for organizing and can be transferred to many other areas of work.

  • Fellows will learn how ordinary people have made extraordinary changes and what unique challenges and opportunities we have as young people in Ohio.


Field: Fellows will learn by doing, and put their new skills to practice by participating in community change projects.

  • Fellows will be part of  a local  OSA team and work on community change projects or campaigns.

  • Fellows will network and build relationships with people and organizations working for change across the state of Ohio.



Statewide Retreat Timeline

 Attendance is required at all statewide retreats. Locations for each retreat are TBD, but will likely be in Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton, and Kent.

August 11th-13th
September 8th-10th
October 13th-15th
November 10th-12th (Veteran's Day weekend)


Letter of Recommendation

Submitting a letter of recommendation is not required but encouraged. This one page letter does not need to be a professional reference-- family friends, mentors, teachers, faith leaders, and peers are acceptable. Please include the applicants name and relationship to reference in the content of the email. This should be submitted by July 21st, 2017 to kodonnell@ohorganizing.org.


Selection Criteria

The submission deadline for the online application below and the letter of recommendation (optional) is July 21st, 2017.




Women, people of color and LGBTQ leaders under 30 are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should have a passion for social justice.

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