Help electric co-op member-owners in the fight for integrity, transparency, clean energy, lower rates – and above all – restored democracy. And you’ll earn a generous monthly stipend at the same time.
Who We’re Looking For
We’re looking for people like you who care deeply about fairness, and opportunity for their community to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Fellows are typically rural electric co-op member-owners (or people who work with them.) You may be new to co-ops or been worried about yours for years. You may be an experienced leader in your community or just beginning. This opportunity is ideal for people interested in gaining leadership experience, connecting with a growing network of grassroots organizers, implementing campaign tactics, and much more.
Fellows learn to harness the power of grassroots organizing from the ground up. The program is both technical training as well as leadership development that will have a lasting impact on your career. This same program has been part of democratic change campaigns in the US and 60+ countries around the world.
Fellows will design and lead their own campaigns at their electric co-ops. Campaigns may be for beneficial programs or specific policy changes at your co-op, supporting new candidates for board election, or reform/anti-corruption campaigns, depending on the local needs. Our focus is on developing Fellows’ leadership and supporting them in developing other leaders in their community. The first phase of the program will be online instruction and coaching as fellows develop their leadership teams, from September to December 2019, along with a monthly stipend of $500. Selected fellows will be invited to attend a hands-on, in-person training workshop January 10-12th, 2020 (We Own It will pay the costs for your travel, materials, lodging, and meals during this training) and will continue with in-depth campaign support and a $1000/month stipend from January to May 2020 while executing your team's campaign.
Who We Are
We Own It is a new, independent, national member-owner movement. We help with organizing, outreach and education. We're committed to helping member-owners protect their rights and make sure that co-ops are focused on serving member interests. We help inspire and empower member-owner campaigns across the US. Find out more about us.
(Since there's an essay portion you'll receive, please don't wait til the last minute to fill out the first part of the application! =)