What kind of support is required from a partner organization? Can your employer be considered a partner organization?
Having a committed partner organization is key to a successful fellowship experience. Partner organizations provide the backbone support to you and your community action project. The level and type of support will depend on your unique situation, but a partner organization may be involved in the design, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation of your community action project. You may have multiple partner organizations with unique strengths that are responsible for different aspects of your community action project. Your employer may also be your partner organization. Support may be financial or in-kind (e.g. providing meeting space, planning time, or other resources).
What are some examples of the 2021 cohort’s Community Action Projects?
You can review all 2021 Fellows and their Community Action Projects at https://naaee.org/programs/cee-change-fellowship. Once you are on this page, scroll down to view individual Fellows. You can read more about their work at the CEE Change, Together blog series.
Are international applicants eligible?
Yes, we have some funding to accept a limited number (approximately 25%) of international fellows. We anticipate filling most of the fellowship slots (approximately 75%) with fellows from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
What kind of community issues or needs should my project address?
Community Action Projects can cover a wide range of topics. Projects should combine civic engagement (CE) skills together with environmental education (EE) skills to address a climate change education issue in their community. Projects should emphasize community engagement, sustainability, resilience, and using creative civic engagement and environmental education strategies. Additionally, each project may address U.S. EPA’s core mission to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water.
Learn more about U.S. EPA’s mission >
Every project must demonstrate a new or innovative solution to a local climate change issue, including strategies for reaching new audiences most impacted by climate change, achieving greater impact in addressing community sustainability and resilience issues, or new strategies for developing effective partnerships. Applicants can present current and ongoing projects but must describe how they will use the fellowship to add a new twist or strategy that will make the project more innovative and effective.
Can your State Affiliate serve as your partner organization?
Yes. Your State Affiliate can be your partner organization, and that is a great way to tap into an incredible network of environmental educators and leaders. Learn more about the NAAEE State Affiliate Network. You may also partner with universities, for-profit institutions, and international, national, regional, and local organizations.
How much of a time commitment is required?
There is one five-day face-to-face learning and networking event where your participation is mandatory and one virtual conference:
The Leadership Institute, August 20–25, 2023, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
NAAEE Annual Conference, October 8–20, 2023. The virtual format of the conference will ensure Fellows can adjust their conference participation to fit their individual schedules.
In addition to these two events, plan on monthly one-hour webinars and periodic small-group planning work. The time commitment required to design your Community Action Project will depend on your project and your capacity to integrate it into your current work and volunteer responsibilities.
Tell me more about the six-month extension option.
In our efforts to expand participation, we’re adding flexibility to the fellowship time commitment. All Fellows are required to participate in the 12-month fellowship, July 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024. Fellows will be given the option to extend for an additonal 6 months, through December 31, 2024, if they want to opt-in to receive additional training and networking opportunities. Fellows that request the extension will also have access to scholarship funds to attend the 2024 NAAEE Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
How can I help promote the CEE-Change Fellowship?
You can find sample newsletter and social media posts by viewing our promo toolkit.
When will applications close?
All application materials are due May 19, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Applicants will be notified of their status in early July 2023.
Have more questions? Send them to CEEChangeFellow@naaee.org
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