This program of Quaker Voice brings young adults into contact with issues in the state legislature, encouraging their active engagement in the legislative process in ways that reflect Quaker values. The model for the program is the Advocacy Corps of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Quaker Voice recruits the Voices among young adults ages 16-30 and trains them on the legislative process. Each Voice joins a working group, develops background materials, and tracks legislation on an issue. The Quaker Voice legislative advocate provides training for the participants, along with Quaker Voice citizen advocates, on the state legislative process and lobbying visits. The YQVs extend the capacity of the working groups to follow issues but they do not engage in lobbying as part of the program.
This year’s program begins November 1, 2021 and ends April 30, 2022. Participants receive a stipend of $300. Applications are due October 15. See below for more information.
Watch the final report of last session’s Young Quaker Voices here:
Presentation and discussion with young activists with Quaker Voice for Washington Public Policy, describing their work in the Washington legislative process. ~ Spring 2021 Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting
Application and selection:
- To apply, send this application form (110 KB PDF file) by October 15, 2021 to the coordinator along with a short essay about why you want to participate.
- A committee of working group members, former program participants, and the legislative advocate, selects the Voices. As part of the process, the committee finds a mentor from the relevant working group who can commit to mentoring each Voice.
Expectations for the participants include:
- Attend all training.
- Attend the relevant working group meeting every month. Make a short report on legislative action in the area the Participant is tracking at each meeting.
- Participate in a half hour meeting at least monthly with the mentor. Raise questions with the mentor and legislative advocate as needed to support their work.
- Create one public outreach effort during the program. This might be a letter to the editor, op-ed piece, or social media post on social media on their issue.
- Make a short verbal report on the experience to a wrap-up session that is open to all Quaker Voice activists.
- The program also hopes that participants will bring new people into Quaker Voice, particularly young adults. The Voices might do this, for example, by bringing Quaker Lobby Week to their attention.
All required meetings are expected to happen remotely during the 2021-22 program, although Quaker Lobby Day (February 7) may be in person in Olympia.
Donations to support the Young Quaker Voices program are tax-deductible and should be sent to Olympia Friends Meeting with a notation that they are for this program.