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We place Emerson Fellows with national policy organizations to work on projects that address problems of hunger, poverty, and racial inequality.
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Why Host an Emerson Fellow?
The current class of Emerson Fellows are a bright, diverse group of talented and motivated emerging leaders. They are young professionals with college degrees and a broad range of educational, professional, and life experiences committed to social justice and eager to contribute meaningful work and learn from you. Emerson Fellows’ field work provides them with practical knowledge of hunger and poverty and the programs addressing them on the ground. Policy sites allow Fellows to build on that work and apply it directly to national policy initiatives and campaigns on hunger, poverty, and their root causes, including racism. Meet the current Fellows!
Ideal Emerson Host Sites
- Prioritize the leadership of people most affected by poverty and hunger
- Look to community leaders to inform policy strategy and practice
- Provide an opportunity for Fellows to learn about policy development, advocacy, implementation, regulation, monitoring, or the legislative process
- Craft substantive work plans that allow Fellows to grow their professional skills and are clearly connected to the org’s mission.
- Do innovative work that improves the food security, health, well-being, economic security, and/or quality of life of low-income Americans.
- Link efforts to fight the symptoms of hunger with strategies to impact root causes, including racism and classism.
What Can Fellows Do
Fellows bring insights informed by hands-on experience to policy sites. They can
- conduct research and analyze data
- track and influence regulatory reforms
- initiate public education or outreach plans and campaigns
- analyze legislation and regulations
- develop communication tools
- design training programs and resources
- staff coalitions and strengthen campaigns
- Assist with the design and implementation of events in the policy sphere: conferences, gatherings, research sessions, etc.
What Sites Provide
- Projects related to hunger and poverty in the U.S. and their root causes, including racism.
- There is a sliding scale cost share per Fellow, which must be paid to the Congressional Hunger Center in February 2017. In 2017 policy organizations with budgets under a million dollars will pay a cost share of $4000, while the cost share for organizations with budgets over a million dollars will be $5,500. Installment-based payments may be available upon request.
- Supervision: Sites designate a supervisor to provide the support, oversight, resources, knowledge, and access Fellows need to achieve the goals of the work plan.
- Mentoring: Supervisors make a commitment to supporting the leadership development of Fellows by serving as mentors.