APPLICATION IS DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 29th at 11:59PM.
The Children’s Defense Fund is looking for young people who want to use their voice to make change in their communities and bring their lived experience to life through storytelling and filmmaking.
The Children’s Defense Fund Youth Voices Storytelling Fellowship will elevate the voices and stories of young people who have faced economic struggles that have impacted their lives. We want to hear from young people who have experienced the real-life impacts of economic inequality, including but not limited to: food insecurity or hunger; housing insecurity, eviction, or homelessness; lack of health care; neighborhood violence; and/or family instability or separation. Five fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants to share their story through short films they will produce as part of the fellowship.
Through the production of a short film, fellows will have the opportunity to share their stories in their own voice with audiences across the country. In sharing their stories, fellows will help illustrate the realities of how economic inequality impacts young people and their communities. The Children’s Defense Fund will share these stories with a broad audience to spur civic action to advance policy changes to lift up young people, families, and communities facing economic challenges.
While the creation of a short film is the key outcome of this project, the Youth Voices Storytelling Fellowship will also seek to engage and train fellows around a variety of storytelling methods. In addition to video production, the program will build fellows’ capacity in other effective storytelling techniques, including persuasive writing, digital advocacy, and spoken testimony.
Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend as well as a full suite of video recording and editing equipment and technology valued at up to $2,500, which will belong permanently to fellows after the program ends. The Children’s Defense Fund will also provide fellows with training in storytelling, filmmaking, and more.