Civic Spring: Arizona

The Civic Spring Fellowship Arizona program is an opportunity for young people in Maricopa County to lead a community project this summer. By focusing on community projects as Civic Spring Fellows, young people are building skills to continue engaging and driving meaningful change for the long term. 

Stipends up to $1,800 for each individual youth pursuing a project addressing a local need related to environmental justice, community health & wellness (mental health), the 2022 elections, or the impact of COVID-19. All Civic Spring: Arizona projects must be completed by the end of 2022.

“Having the opportunity to build relationships and learn from organizations across the country was incredibly encouraging for our organization.”

-2020 Civic Spring Fellow

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Eligibility

 Applications for the Arizona Program are open to individual or small groups of two to five young people. Connection with an outside group or organization is great, though not necessary.   

Applicants must meet the following criteria:  

  • Be a young person or a group of two to five young people  
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 24  
  • Reside in Maricopa County, Arizona 
  • Available to attend virtual weekly meetings Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. MDT 

Proposals can request up to $1,800 per youth participant. Civic Spring: Arizona projects should be completed by the end of 2022.  

The Civic Spring Arizona program will conclude on August 19, 2022. All projects – or a major milestone of the project – must be completed on or before the end date. Fellows will submit a final report the week following program completion (Sept. 2).   

Select projects (e.g., those focused on the 2022 elections) may propose a later completion and final report date. The extension must be proposed in the application. No additional funding with be available. In the case of an extension, projects and final reports must be submitted no later than December 15, 2022.  

Finalists will be notified May 6 and will be asked to return supplemental materials no later than May 13.

If you experience any technical difficulties while filling out your application, please email Tech-Help@citizensandscholars.org for assistance.

environmental justice

mental health

2022 elections

covid-19

DETAILED EXPECTATIONS & SCHEDULE

Expectations

Fellows are expected to: 

  • Complete the project proposal (individually or as a team)  
  • Attend the 2022 Civic Spring Fellowship Launch in Maricopa County, AZ (week of June 6)  
  • Attend at least 8 of 10 weekly 75-min sessions, Thursdays 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. PST (virtual)  
  • Keep a time log of hours and progress   
  • Complete final report  
  • Progress report/project assessment (1 per Fellow)  
  • 1–2-minute video  
  • Complete periodic surveys with respect to the project (quarterly for years 1-2, and annually for years 3-5)    

Fellows can expect the following: 

  • Better understanding of how to identify community needs and different ways to address those needs  
  • Increased civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions  
  • Membership in a growing national network of young people working in civic spaces  
  • Strategies for engaging with people with different opinions, beliefs, lived experiences, etc.    
  • Connections to changemakers, leaders, community members, professionals, and organizations in your community and beyond    
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time commitment

Schedule:  

April 4-29:  Application open (due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 29)  

May 2 – 6: First round, selection committee process   

May 6: Finalists notified  

May 9 – 17: Supplemental materials submitted   

May 18 – 26: Second round, intergenerational selection committee process  

May 27:  Fellows notified  

May 30 – June 3: Contracts, release forms & other materials (due by 11:59 pm)  

Week of June 6: 2022 Civic Spring Arizona Launch (in-person)  

Week of June 13 – August 15: Project implementation & weekly meetings every Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. MDT (virtual)  

Week of Aug 15: Final Community of Practice & presentation (in-person) 

Sept 2: Final report due (extensions considered)  

Community of Practice

The Civic Spring Project Community of Practice is a youth co-facilitated regular meeting series for young people and adult allies. Through this platform, participants will learn and practice civic skills, participate in peer-to-peer problem-solving, and come together in a safe place to ask questions and solve challenges together. It will be an opportunity to build networks and a support system for projects and people while applying the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions developed during the course of the project.

YAPP

The Youth Adult Partnership Program (YAPP) is an opportunity for adults from different companies/corporations to be in community with our Fellows—in order to learn together and share skills, lived experiences and expertise. It will be a facilitated co-learning opportunity (meaning that no one is expected to come into the project with all the answers).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (FOR INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM)

  • You/your team are between the ages of 15-24 
  • You reside in Maricopa County, AZ  
  • Your project proposal addresses one or more of the prioritized areas: environmental justice, community health & wellness (mental health), the 2022 elections, or the impact of COVID-19. 
  • Your proposal has a vision for change and an action plan (i.e., a plan for how to achieve your vision)  
  • You understand the obstacles/limitations to achieving your project plan (i.e., transportation issues, etc.) and have a plan to overcome them   
  • You have participated in organizations, clubs, chapters, afterschool programs, religious groups, student government, or other activities that have provided you with some understanding of change management and decision-making processes, the process for enacting policy or law, or coalition building/community organizing; OR you have developed an understanding of types of civic entities/civic engagement in other ways 
  • You are committed to bridging differences, connecting communities, and/or engaging in constructive dialogue with others to promote understanding 
  • You can dedicate approximately 10 hours a week to your proposed project, from June through August  
  • You have access to technology that will allow you to reach out to individuals in the community, send emails and do independent work  
  • You can commit to attending at least 8 of 10 weekly meetings taking place Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. PDT between the weeks of June 6 and August 19. 
  • You can commit to using the funding to support your project, keep track of expenses, and report back to C&S periodically on finances (schedule TBD) 

Finalist Materials

Finalists for Civic Spring: Arizona must submit the following materials by May 13.

Media Release Form

  • Please complete, sign, and upload the media release form requested below.  If you are under the age of 18, your release form must include your parent or legal guardian’s signature.
  • If you have multiple team members, you need to provide a media release form for each member.
  • You can access the media release form at:  Media Release Forms.

Team Photo Upload

  • Provide a photo/s of your team.  They can be separate photos of each member, or a group shot.  You can even submit  “selfies.”  Please indicate individuals pictured by first and last name.  If you submit a group shot, please indicate those pictured in order from left to right.  

Project Video Link

  • Provide a 1-2 minute video with an individual or a small group (2-3 people) covering the following topics: 
    • ​Name of project
    • Location (town/city, and state)
    • Your elevator pitch!  Your pitch should include (in any order) but not be limited to:
    1. Your bold idea/vision for the project (what is it you want to do)
    2. Why your project is important
    3. How it will make a difference
    4. What is your dream or hope for the future of our democracy?

Please take no more than two hours to develop your script, record the piece, and upload it to Vimeo or YouTube.  THE VIDEO DOES NOT NEED TO BE PERFECT!  It’s just another way for us to catch a glimpse of your vision.  Don’t forget… your video must be set to “Public” so that we can gain access.

Financial Upload

  • Provide a copy of your most recently completed 990 Form (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax), as filed with the IRS.  If you filed a 990-N Form or 990-EZ Form rather than a 990, that would also be acceptable.
    • If you have multiple team members, you need to provide a 990 Form for each member.
  • Provide a completed W-9 Form (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification).
  • Provide a completed Direct Deposit form.
    • If you have multiple team members, you need to provide a direct deposit form for each member.

RUBRIC & COMMITTEE STRUCTURE 

We are including the rubric (chart) that will provide guidance for the selection committee during the review process. It will not be the only tool that helps the committee decide on grantees; additional aspects of the application will also play a role, including but not limited to location (i.e., urban, suburban, or rural) as well as diverse beliefs and experiences.  

The Selection Committee is diverse and includes young people and adults from around the country as well as within Arizona and Maricopa County. Preference will be given to projects that are open to the ideas and opinions of others and who seek to engage others across identities, perspectives, and experiences.