This program of Quaker Voice brings young adults into contact with issues in the state legislature. The program encourages their active engagement in the legislative process in ways that reflect Quaker values. See the main information page for a full description and videos of participant reports from the last two years.
This year’s program begins November 15, 2022, and ends April 30, 2023. Participants receive a stipend of $300. Applications are still being accepted. See below for more information.
Application and selection:
- To apply, send this application form (110 KB PDF file) to the coordinator along with a short essay (100 – 200 words) 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, the Quaker Voice Annual Meeting, and Quaker Lobby Day.
- 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.
- Create one public outreach effort during the program. This might be a letter to the editor, op-ed piece, or social media post 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.
During the 2022-23 program, the Annual Meeting (December 3), Quaker Lobby Day (February 20), and the report-out session (April 21) are likely to be available both in person and virtually.