Recruit a Fellow
California Volunteers’ California Climate Action Corps Fellowship program leverages the power of AmeriCorps to advance climate actions that engage community members, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact.
The program connects organizations and agencies with talented, motivated emerging leaders to move the needle on climate change in the community. If you need help for your frontline climate work and are passionate about mentoring, we want to hear from you!
About the Fellowship Program
California Climate Action Corps Fellows are AmeriCorps Members who serve with Host Partners in a full-time capacity for either a two-month summer term or an extended 11-month term. For more information about AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.
Government agencies, Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and colleges or universities can apply to host Fellows. The climate action projects Fellows complete during their service should include a combination of the following elements:
- Defined and measurable climate pollution reduction, resiliency benefits, or disaster recovery activities (e.g., projected GHG reductions, wildfire risk reduction, flood protection, increased green space, etc.).
- Community engagement and volunteerism components that provide community members a way to take action on climate change issues.
- Solutions to a community’s unique environmental or public health vulnerabilities that help address disparities while promoting social and environmental justice.
California Volunteers has partnered with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) to implement the California Climate Action Corps program. As implementing partner, BACR manages the recruitment and placement process, supports Fellows and Host Partner Site Supervisors, and coordinates professional development activities for Fellows.
I want my work to make a difference. Climate change is the biggest threat to my generation, and as a member of the California Climate Action Corps, I have a voice in the fight towards climate resiliency and justice.
In January 2021, the pilot cohort of 63 Fellows began a 7.5-month term of service placed with 26 Host Partners in five target cities (Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Redlands, and Los Angeles). Fellows focused on engaging the community in urban greening, edible food recovery, and wildfire prevention home hardening.
In June 2021, a two-month summer program deployed 220 emerging youth leaders to serve as Fellows with dozens of Host Partners in rural and urban communities throughout the state. Fellows focused on a range of climate issues (e.g., energy, water, waste, etc.). Host Partners defined specific climate action (e.g., tree planting) and/or climate education (e.g., energy awareness education) projects.
In November 2021, an 11-month program launched to place 50 Fellows with 27 Host Partners, principally in five target cities (Fresno, Stockton, San Jose, Redlands, and Los Angeles) and other areas of the state. Fellows are focusing on engaging the community in climate action, assessment, and education projects around urban greening, edible food recovery, and wildfire prevention.
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