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Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship

The Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship (ECYF) brings together a talented group of high school students from around the country to think globally, act locally, listen to others, and build coalitions.

Fellows will utilize their lived experiences to shed light on how civic education can include student voices and become more equitable. Fellows are committed to researching issues of equity in civic education in their school community and addressing the practices and policies related to their civic learning experiences.

Deadline Extended!
Applications are due May 22

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Student 2023-2024 Application
Educator 2023-2024 Nomination

Program Requirements

Students should come prepared to participate and contribute their lived experiences. The goal is to cultivate a deeper appreciation for student voices in the field of civic education by facilitating student-led discussions.

This is a paid fellowship opportunity. Selected students will be required to:

  • Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct
  • Attend our virtual orientation, in-person Washington D.C. Convening, and all virtual
    cohort meetings. Dates outlined here.
  • Create, lead, and engage in student campaigns (more information below)
  • Participate in engagements as assigned
  • Serve as a youth ambassador for equity in civic education
  • Attend and participate in the end-of-program event in May

Student campaigns

  • Create and distribute a youth survey to gather perspectives of their peers
  • Create and publish a digital media project (Blog, slideshow, infographic, video, etc) on a civic learning issue present in their
  • Collaborate with other Fellows to create a Public Service Announcement on the state
    of civic education from students’ perspectives.
  • Lead, build, and participate in various social media activities

Students should expect a commitment of 5-10 hours a month. Students that complete all program requirements and adhere to the student code of conduct will receive a stipend throughout the program.

Program Eligibility

The Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship is a paid opportunity for youth to lend their voice to the public discussion on civic education. The Fellowship is a 10-month program (August 2023 -May 2024) for U.S. high school students that will provide leadership opportunities for students, including civic and media workshops, learning how to articulate and share youth perspectives on civic education; and showcasing youth civic learning experiences.

Students are expected to seek engagement from peers and others from their local community.

Applicant Eligibility:

  1. U.S. high school students for the 2023-2024 school year (rising 9-12th graders)
  2. Interest in civics, education, equity, government, history, or politics
  3. Required attendance at our in-person convening in Washington D.C. in the Fall (travel, lodging, and meal accommodations paid for by iCivics, and its generous donors)
  4. Required attendance to all virtual meetings throughout the year
Student 2023-2024 Application
Educator 2023-2024 Nomination

Student Voice

iCivics champions equitable, nonpartisan civic education to ensure that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation. We work to inspire lifelong civic engagement by providing high-quality and engaging civics resources to teachers and students across the nation.

As students clearly have the greatest stake in their education, and exercising agency is a key part of civic education, the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship and Alumni Network exist to encourage and elevate student voice.

Fellows and Alumni represent their own opinions as they contribute their important and unique voices to the public conversation about civic education in the United States. We welcome this diversity of perspectives.

The Alumni Network

The network consists of past participants of the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship. Alumni continue to advance the larger discussion on equity in civics. Every year, several Alumni members are chosen to serve on our Alumni board. Our board will support the facilitation of the student-led discussions within the Fellowship and will maintain Fellowship engagement with the Alumni Network as it grows.