Democracy Fellowship

UWSN is launching our Democracy Fellowship this year!

For over 65 years, United Way of Southern Nevada has believed everyone can make a difference by giving, advocating, and volunteering. In providing 10 high school and college students with opportunities to learn about our democratic and legislative process, this program equips high school and college students with the tools and experience necessary to become powerful advocacy leaders!
From the programs, fellows will:
  • Be trained on how to serve our state’s election processes as poll workers 
  • Understand our state’s policy-making process, from the state to local levels, and attend public hearings on issues they care about.
  • Connect with nonprofit and community leaders to learn best advocacy practices.

The curriculum and modules are intentionally designed to equip fellows with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to build greater awareness on how our communities are governed and offers several opportunities for elevated responsibility and leadership.

Requirements

Selected fellows will receive a $600 stipend for their participation in the program and will be required to:
  1. Attend to all four monthly trainings (dates tentatively: 8/29, 9/12, 10/3, and 11/21 at 5PM)
  2. At minimum, attend three (3) community events to table and recruit poll workers
  3. Commitment to serving as a poll working during Election Day or if it is not possible due to scheduling conflicts, sign up for an Election Protection Shift, which is a half-day commitment.
  4. Attend at least one (1) state, county, or city government meeting.
  5. Optional participation at UWSN partner and signature events during the fellowship.

Ready to get involved? Click the link here to submit an application. The deadline to apply is August 2nd, 2024 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions or encounter any issues submitting an application, please contact Henry Rosas, External Affairs Manager, at henryr@uwsn.org. Selected fellows will receive an invitation for a 15-minute phone screening the week of August 5th.

Trainings Information

By the end of this session, fellows will review:

  • Expectations and timeline, and key election dates – Ensuring fellows are aligned on the programmatic structure for the remainder of the fall.
  • Poll Worker Overview – Introduce fellows to the responsibility and the need for poll workers in our democracy. The training will review how to register, what the role’s respective duties are, and how to recruit community workers to volunteer.

Fellows will be given a comprehensive overview of the lawmaking process at the state, county, and local level. The overview will provide a clear understanding for how to distinguish which level of government impacts their lives and families in order to build actionable change. By the end of this session, fellows will:

  • Identify elected officials representing their community
  • Identify 2-3 policy issues that are important to them
  • Track and monitor a county or city meeting based on their issues of interest
  • Gain knowledge of how governments collaborate and segment legislative power/authority.

Fellows will be given an overview of how elections are administered and what resources are available for Limited-English proficient communities to fully participate in our democracy. From this session fellows will:

  • Learn the steps to request a ballot in another language and how LEP voters can access language translation services at the ballot box.
  • Understand historic legislation that affords voting rights to LEPs and efforts to increase language access services at the state legislative level.

In a post-election conversation, UWSN will host a community roundtable organized and led by students that assemble community leaders to discuss how immigrants and New Americans can participate and advocate in the electoral and legislative processes. This event will be open to the public and serve as an opportunity to celebrate fellows’ work.

Thank you to our sponsor, All Voting Is Local, for making this program possible!

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