Host Fellows for 2022-23 Term
In September 2022, California Volunteers, in partnership with Bay Area Community Resources, will launch the 11-month California Climate Action Corps 2022-23 Fellowship. This term will build on the success of prior cohorts by placing approximately 115 Fellows with Host Partners throughout the state, principally in the target regions of Butte and surrounding north state counties, Oakland, San Jose, Fresno/Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, and tribal communities.
Fellows will spend 1700+ hours from September 19, 2022 through August 17, 2023 mobilizing their communities through volunteer engagement and climate action, education, and assessment service projects focused on urban greening, organic waste and edible food recovery, and wildfire resiliency.
How the California Climate Action Corps Works
Public agencies, Tribes, non-profit organizations, and schools throughout the state can apply for Fellows to support community engagement and climate projects in and for frontline communities.
Projects should include or combine the following elements:
Volunteerism: All projects must include a strong volunteer engagement component to foster service activities as a means for greater community climate action. Fellows should aim to engage 100+ volunteers throughout the term and register volunteer events on VolunteerMatch. Support will be provided through Regional Team Leaders. Preference may be given to applications with the most significant volunteer engagement components.
Climate Action: Defined and measurable climate pollution reduction mitigation, adaptation, or resiliency activities in the three focus areas below. However, as local jurisdictions, NGOs, geographic, or climate needs/demand changes, variation in focus areas may be considered if the service is trackable within the defined performance measure activities.
- Urban greening initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the effects of extreme heat, and provide additional benefits such as decreased pollution and energy consumption in low-income communities.
- Organic waste and edible food recovery initiatives that support the reduction and recycling of organic waste, as well as collection and redistribution of edible food that would otherwise be disposed from producers, restaurants, grocery stores and households to people in need.
- Wildfire resiliency initiatives that support defensible space, home hardening, and fuel reduction programs to protect high-risk communities while also reducing toxic wildfire-related air pollution, as well as reforestation programs post-fire.
Climate Education: Structured delivery of climate-related content or curriculum focused on building awareness and engagement with climate issues among community members. Knowledge gained should be captured through pre/post surveys.
Climate Assessments: Community assessments, inventories, or audits that compile discrete actionable information to enable direct climate action (e.g., neighborhood tree canopy cover assessments that lead to tree planting, residential home wildfire risk assessments that lead to home hardening, business organic waste diversion recommendations that lead to waste reduction or edible food recovery, etc.). This should not be the primary service activity unless assessments lead to implementation of trackable direct climate action projects within the same term of service.
Geographic Focus: Applicants throughout the state are welcome, but priority will be given to projects in or near the target communities of Butte and surrounding north state counties, Oakland, San Jose, Fresno/Central Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, and tribal communities.
Fellow Support Request: Priority will be given to applicants who request multiple fellows.
Collective Impact Support: Host Partners will oversee submission of monthly progress reports that distill total outcomes and community success stories.
All Climate Action Corps Fellows will be AmeriCorps Members (at least 18 years old and with an associate’s degree or equivalent work experience) who are screened for relevant interest and experience. Fellows will serve a minimum of 1700 hours over eleven months (at least 80% on service and up to 20% on training). Host Partner Site Supervisors provide project and Fellow supervision, training, mentorship, and additional professional development throughout the term. Participating Fellows will receive a stipend of $27,000 (pre-tax) and combined education awards of $10,000 upon completion of the 11-month term of service.
Fellows and Host Partners will be supported by Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) and their partners to foster a positive Fellowship experience. BACR and partner staff will provide overall program support through Fellow recruitment, placement, onboarding, and training; act as a liaison to the Host Partner; and coordinate reporting requirements and other program logistics.
We Are Looking For
Strong Host Partners
We are looking for Host Partners that have a community need for volunteer engagement and climate action, education, or assessment support.
Host Partners can be public agencies, Tribes, nonprofits, and schools.
Host Partners should provide tangible and impactful community climate action projects with a scope of work appropriate to the goals for the program.
Host Partners must agree to follow all AmeriCorps requirements, ensure Fellows do not participate in prohibited activities, participate in candidate recruitment and screening, and provide Fellow supervision and development.
Fellows and Host Partners will be supported by California Volunteers’ grantee implementation partner to foster a positive Fellowship experience.
Step 1: Submit Online Project Application
***The application period is currently closed.
Step 2: Application Review & Follow-Up
Program staff will review and rank project applications based on fit with program goals and may request a meeting with you to:
- learn more about your needs,
- confirm eligibility,
- ensure there is a clear project scope that is suitable for an AmeriCorps Fellow, and
- determine if the Climate Action Corps is an overall fit for your needs. (The purpose of this step is to ensure your project will deliver results while also meeting our goals as an AmeriCorps program.)
Step 3: Project Approval & Contracting
Program staff will review and consider a suite of projects for approval based on programmatic priorities.
Approved Host Partners will complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR). The MOU outlines mutual roles and responsibilities between Host Partners and BACR.
Step 4: Candidate Review and Placement
- Upon approval, BACR and their partners will share Fellow candidates for consideration who have been pre-screened. The Host Partner will interview candidates (likely in June/July) they feel could be a good fit and convey candidate preferences. BACR will make offers to candidates for the Host Partner and facilitate the placement and onboarding process.
- We expect approved Host Partners to participate in candidate recruitment by sharing their placement opportunities with their networks, local colleges and universities, and community hubs. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon successful recruitment/placement of a Fellow(s).