The Young Religious Leaders Fellowships are part of a summer program to develop and support the next generation of faith-rooted organizers in social justice. College and seminary students and graduates learn about faith-rooted organizing, a model of social transformation centered on faith that promotes government policies to protect the vulnerable and lift workers and their families into the middle class.
Fellows receive a full-time summer internship that introduces them to one of CLUE's economic justice projects, frequently working with partners in organized labor. Fellows learn to educate, organize and mobilize faith community members to support workers and to push for better, more equitable government economic policies. As part of a diverse interfaith cohort, fellows also spend time in weekly reflection to integrate their spiritual development with their growth as organizers.
Young people of faith are a key component of the mechanism we are crafting to build a just and sacred society. The Young Religious Leaders Fellowships validate these new voices and develop their gifts in this important work. We consider these fellows an enduring part of the CLUE legacy in the struggle for social justice.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, 2020's Young Religious Leaders Fellowships will be held remotely, from July 1 through August 14. Fellows will have the ability to choose their issues and professional fields of work: worker justice, immigrant justice, and racial justice; and organizing, research, and communications.
This year's deadline to submit applications is June 12, 2020. Fellowship awardees will be announced by June 17, 2020.
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