This program of Quaker Voice encourages the active engagement of fellowship holders in the legislative process through mentorship, skill development, and following citizen advocates in their work. In previous years, the program was called Young Quaker Voices.
Quaker Voice fellowship recipients are young adults ages 18-35 who live or study in the state of Washington (they do not need to be Quakers). Each fellowship holder joins a working group (criminal justice, economic justice or environmental stewardship). Within the scope of that group, the fellow chooses a focus issue, develops background materials, and tracks legislation on that issue, in partnership with a mentor who is already a Quaker Voice citizen advocate. Quaker Voice provides training for the fellowship holders on how bills become laws and what happens in a lobbying visit. The fellowship carries a $500 stipend.
Applications are due October 28 for the 2024 legislative session. See this page for expectations and the application form.
You can watch the final reports of the Young Quaker Voices from the last two session here:
2021 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
Donations to support the program are tax-deductible and should be sent to Olympia Friends Meeting with a notation that they are for the Young Quaker Voices program.