We Own It Fellowship

We Own It's Fellowship Program

What Fellows Say
"My experience during the fellowship with We Own It can be summed up with "Power Up", the collaborative effort of community building through action. I have gained relationships and learned tools that have expanded my leadership capacity to empower, uplift, and organize cooperatives through resiliency."
Brian Rowland
City Council Member, Prairie View, TX and We Own It Fellow
"I feel so loved and supported by you all! Thank you! I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with you, and I love being able to apply my Fellowship training to the process of running for my co-op's board of directors!"
Holly Metzler
La Plata Electric Board Member and We Own It Fellow
"The fellowship program helped me find new abilities that I didn't know I had: making meetings productive and efficient, setting strategic campaign goals, and helping my team find their own abilities as leaders. More than that, it brought me into a community of ambitious people who are changing their communities and the world. Don't tell my graduate advisor, but in some ways, I've grown more this year than in my many years of grad school."
Alex Chambers
Doctor of Philosophy, American Studies, and We Own It Fellow
"The We Own It Fellowship helped me understand what leadership really is: the ability to empower others through sharing my connection to my work."
Veri di Suervo
Executive Director, Alaska Public Interest Research Group, and We Own It Fellow
“I liked learning how to create a team and how to ask members of our team to grow the organization. What I learned was really effective in improving my organizing work.”
Carrie Dancy
Black Warrior EMC Member-owner and We Own It Fellow
“The leadership training we did was really fantastic! I’ve brought the lessons learned around leadership development to a number of other organizations I work with!”
Sayokla Williams
Indigenous Environmental Network Board Member and We Own It Fellow

Who We're Looking For

We’re looking for people like you who care deeply about fairness, democracy, and opportunity for their community.  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, helping our neighbors through the COVID depression, and building a new economy that doesn't run on toxic capitalism, exploitation, and white supremacy.

Start at your own pace
The Fellowship starts with a distributed organizing program to start a new community-supported organizing project. Follow our guide, get coaching and support from our community of Fellows, and begin organizing your community.