Midwest Engagement Fellow

Regional · Chicago , Illinois
Department Regional
Employment Type Fellow - Temp
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $15/hour

Young Invincibles (“YI”) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization working to expand economic opportunity for young people ages 18 to 34 and to amplify their voices in the national political conversation and policy arena. Founded by and for young adults in the summer of 2009 during the debate over health care reform, YI has quickly grown into a leading voice for young people on the issues of healthcare, higher education, pathways to jobs/workforce and civic engagement. The organization has achieved major successes in areas ranging from the regulation of college health plans to Pell grants and has successfully engaged hundreds of thousands of young adults online through a network of over 100 partner organizations. Our regional offices (California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Texas) have increased grant aid for low-income college students, expanded funding for community colleges, and ensured undocumented students can access in-state tuition.


Position Description

Young Invincibles is looking for an Engagement Fellow to join our Illinois team in September. This is a 15 week fellowship with the possibility for extension and will be based in Chicago, Illinois starting in September 2020. The Engagement Fellow will play an integral role in the Illinois office’s young adult engagement work. This position pays $15/hour for up to 15 hours/week.


The Midwest Engagement Fellow will be responsible for partnering with the Engagement Manager to develop and implement consumer education and engagement work in Illinois as well as assist in tasks such as curriculum development and recruitment for the Young Advocates Program. The Engagement Fellow will build organizational partnerships; manage and facilitate public policy training and events; and drive young adult turnout and participation across our issues areas in Illinois.


The Engagement Fellow will also be responsible for building and sustaining a strong network of young adults ages 18 to 34 who lead local advocacy campaigns for issues that impact them, particularly around health care, higher education, and workforce development. Activities will include identifying young adults to share their stories with policymakers and the press, and

activating young people around breaking news. Outreach efforts will focus on young adults from underrepresented communities, including community college students, young parents, people of color, LGBT young adults, and low-income young adults.  This is a great opportunity for someone to hone their consumer engagement, base building, and policy advocacy skills.

 

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Facilitate presentations on health care, higher education, and workforce issues impacting young adults
  • Work with Engagement Manager on logistics and planning details of all consumer education and outreach events in Illinois
  • Recruit participation and turnout for trainings and events
  • Manage follow-up and continued relationships with young adults who attend our events
  • Mobilize young adults to take action on our advocacy campaigns
  • Help research and develop training materials
  • Support the Engagement Manager in running YI’s Young Advocates leadership development program
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications

  • Ability to connect with a young adult audience
  • Cultural competency working and collaborating with diverse populations
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to understand and clearly communicate sophisticated policy concepts
  • Talent for building relationships with stakeholders including community-based organizations, student groups, or diverse young adult populations
  • Ability to be creative and employ new tactics as necessary to achieve the organization’s goals
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced work environment and a start-up atmosphere


The following are a plus but not requirements:

  • Ability to speak, write, and translate materials into Spanish
  • Experience with facilitating presentations, group discussions, and trainings
  • Comfort with the policy issues that Young Invincibles works on (health care, higher education, and workforce issues)


Equal Opportunity Statement

YI is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to

apply. YI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including

pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including

genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual

orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic

characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially

job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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  • Location
    Chicago , Illinois
  • Department
    Regional
  • Employment Type
    Fellow - Temp
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level
  • Compensation
    $15/hour