EdFellow: Hunger Free Schools Advocacy Fellow

By Adrienne Vitt

Are you a Minnesota educator or parent advocate eager to get more involved in the policy issues facing our schools? At EdAllies, we believe that to reimagine what is possible in schools—and ultimately improve outcomes for students—we need voices like yours at the table. Our EdFellows program gives you the chance to get hands-on policy experience and develop leadership skills as you take on a project that will inform local education debates and help strengthen Minnesota schools.

BACKGROUND

Hunger is pervasive in our schools. We know that a child’s ability to learn and succeed is inextricably linked to their health and well-being. Yet too many students come to school hungry, and too many families are not able to shoulder the burden of paying for school meals. Over a year ago, recognizing the food insecurity that the COVID-19 pandemic would create for students, the country decided that no student should go hungry; now, as schools return to prepandemic practices, we must urge decision-makers not to return to school meal policies and practices that do not meet the needs of all students.

EdAllies is proud to be a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Schools coalition, which is working to ensure that all Minnesota students will permanently have access to meals in school.

THE PROJECT

Our EdFellows program gives hands-on research, communications, and policy experience to a passionate parent, educator, or advocate looking to get more involved in policy issues facing our schools. This year, we are seeking a fellow to support the Healthy Hunger Free Schools Campaign, with the following goals:

  • Change the narrative around student hunger in schools by elevating parent, educator, and student voices, with a focus on individuals from BIPOC communities.
  • Increase access to information by educating and empowering parents, educators, students, and policymakers on the problem and its potential solutions using critical research and data.
  • Learn more about policymaking and the local advocacy landscape by being at the table and part of the work, with direct support from the EdAllies team.

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES

  • Develop a presentation that will be used to educate parents, teachers, students, and policymakers on the problems and solutions and provide resources for advocacy
  • Organize at least two focus groups with parents, students, and educators to gather stories, experiences, feedback, and ideas
  • Elevate BIPOC voices by supporting community members to produce at least two communications pieces (blogs and/or videos) projects through our EdVoices program
  • Regularly attend grassroots committee meetings with a statewide network of grassroots partners and one-on-one planning meetings with the Campaign Manager as needed
  • Support and amplify calls to action, including collecting petitions, action alert sign-ups or social media posts to build community awareness and engagement in the campaign

In addition to spearheading a tangible project, fellows engage in EdAlllies’ core advocacy efforts. Whether by contributing to our policy planning process, writing blog posts or op-eds, supporting events, providing feedback on our research, or joining meetings with policymakers, we are eager to give you deeper insight into our work—and a role in shaping it.

Fellows will spend an average of 10-15 hours per month from October 2021-May 2022 working on the Healthy Hunger Free Schools project. We know that applicants will have many other obligations and responsibilities, and are willing to work around your schedule. There may be scheduled opportunities during regular business hours and we understand that an EdFellow may be available for some and not others.

The fellowship will begin October 1, 2021. And Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,200 ($400 per month for 8 months).

APPLY TODAY!

Interested in becoming a fellow? Apply by September 17, 2021. Start by telling us about yourself and your interests.
Apply Here

We are looking for fellows who:

  • Can articulate a passion for eliminating hunger in Minnesota schools.
  • Are proactive and goal-oriented. (We support you, but you’re the owner of your project!)
  • Bring a curiosity and willingness to think outside the box.
  • Share our vision of a Minnesota where every student succeeds in a rigorous and engaging education.

EdAllies is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team, and our priority is finding the best candidate for each position. If you’re interested, even if you don’t believe you meet each qualification, please apply.

If you have questions about the program, please contact EdAllies’ Policy Director Matt Shaver at mshaver@edalliesmn.org.

About EdAllies

EdAllies partners with schools, families, and communities to ensure that every young Minnesotan has access to a rigorous and engaging education. We advance policies that put underserved students first, remove barriers facing successful schools and programs, and foster an inclusive conversation about what’s possible for students.

Learn more at www.edalliesmn.org