FAQ: 2017 Climate Organizing Summer Program

Q: What would I work on?

A: As you learn about campaign organizing, you will work directly with 350 Mass for a Better Future on statewide climate action campaigns. You will attend community meetings, engage with campaign strategy, do outreach, organize events, and form relationships with local community organizers. Last summer, participants played a key role in organizing the 4-day, 43-mile #PeopleOverPipelines march from Medway to the State House covered by the Boston Globe and WBUR. You can see these students in action here

Q: What are the program requirements?

A: Attendance of the entire kickoff training retreat is required. Successful applicants will work three days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), between 25-30 hours per week. Exceptions to the work schedule may be made rarely on a case-by-case basis. The exact hours are subject to change, but are likely to be Mondays 12pm-9pm, Wednesdays 12pm-9pm, and Fridays 10am-5pm.

Key dates:

Start of program: Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Kickoff training retreat: Sunday, May 28th - Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

End of program: Friday, July 28th, 2017 

Q: How do I apply?

A: The application form can be found here. You do not need to provide a resume or cover letter. You may be asked for an interview.

Q: Does it cost any money to participate in the Summer Program?

A: No, there is no charge to participate. However, you will be expected to set a fundraising goal (with support from our team to reach it). You will also be expected to provide your own transportation to and from the kickoff training retreat.

Q: Is the Summer Program paid?

A: Scholarships of up to $100 per week (aside from the kickoff training retreat where food and lodging are provided) are available upon request for food and transportation costs. You can apply for additional financial assistance upon acceptance.

Q: What makes this program different from other programs?

A: This program is a mix of leadership development and firsthand experience. As you are being trained and coached, you will also have the chance to experience community organizing with our partners.

You will have the benefit of learning and working with a cohort of peers who share your interest in grassroots climate action. Our past participants have continued to hold deep relationships and share knowledge with each other long after the program’s end.

We invest in a weeklong training retreat to make sure that we start the program with relationship building and great memories.

Unlike other youth leadership development programs, this program is at no cost to you! We also offer scholarships and additional financial assistance.

Q: I do not fulfill all of the eligibility or program requirements. Can I still apply?

A: Yes, you can still apply. However, we will prioritize applicants who do.

Q: Are there any skill or experience requirements?

A: No. However, general organizing skills and graphic design and media experience are welcome.

Q: What are the selection criteria?

A: We will select applicants based on the following (these are not strict requirements):

  • Ability to commit to all dates and program requirements
  • Quality of application
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the climate movement
  • Commitment to working on campus organizing beyond the summer
  • Prior experience with organizing, particularly in Massachusetts
  • Interest in fossil fuel divestment
  • Interest in participating in the BFP Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Fellowship

Q: How soon will I find out if I am accepted?

A: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner you are likely to hear back from us. Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their participation in the program 2 weeks after their notice of acceptance.

Q: Can I attend classes and/or have another job during the program?

A: Yes, you can attend classes or have another job as long as you are still able to fulfill the program requirements. If you plan to do so, note that in your application.

Q: Where is the program located?

A: The work days will be spent at a community center attached to our office in Harvard Square, Cambridge or at meetings with community partners.Other events and meetings will be in the greater Boston area or otherwise accessible by the MBTA. You can request free housing from us if needed.

Q: Do you really offer free housing?

A: Yes. We will provide free housing for all accepted applicants as long as they apply by the Regular Application Deadline. We will do our best to meet the housing needs for those who apply by the Late/Extended Deadline. Housing will be provided by members of our 350 Massachusetts network and other community allies in their private homes and will only be for the duration of the program.


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