Youth / College Fellowship - Men4Choice

Youth / College Fellowship

Building a Pipeline of young allies

The Youth Fellowship Program is the heart of Men4Choice’s organizing and long-term capacity-building work. Through an immersive ten-week program, cohorts of young men come together to learn about the issues and develop the skills needed to organize their male peers. Since our pilot over the summer of 2020, the program has grown five-fold. Our most recent cohort had 26 fellows mentored by 7 former fellows in the summer of 2022.

The program focuses on training young allies who are emerging leaders, age 18-25. Fellows get opportunities to build their network and skills, learn from some of the best organizers and leaders in the movement, and apply their training through organizing actions and events with us. Beyond the initial ten weeks, this program also has a leadership development focus. Former fellows can earn an opportunity for a paid internship to mentor and coach the next cohort.

Benefits to the Fellow

  • Explore the key issues in the fight for reproductive freedom
  • Learn how to be an effective pro-choice ally and organize for change
  • Build new organizing skills and relationships in the movement
  • Grow their influence and professional network
  • Enhance their resume and organizing credentials
  • Earn paid internship opportunities
  • Connect with national progressive leaders
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Benefits to the Movement

  • Identify new male-identifying allies and advocates and equip them to organize their peers
  • Train young allies to build a pipeline of effective partners in this fight
  • Build more capacity to support our partners on the ground and expand the power of the reproductive freedom movement
  • Engage in deep culture change work at scale
  • Change the way men show up in the fight for reproductive freedom
  • Challenge toxic narratives around abortion and reproductive health care

Fellowship Overview

  • Attend bi-weekly virtual team meetings with Men4Choice staff team
  • Complete all 10 core courses of Men4Choice’s Fellowship Program
  • Organize 3 small group discussions with your friends and peers
  • Engage with Men4Choice in support of our partners
  • All fellows receive direct one-on-one coaching and mentorship, including by former fellows and our national leadership

Fellowship Courses

  • Why & How Pro-Choice Men Must Engage As Allies & Stakeholders
  • Understanding The Issues (Abortion Myths & Facts)
  • Understanding Reproductive Justice
  • Political Organizing Part One
  • Political Organizing Part Deux
  • How To Organize Pro-Choice Men
  • Political Psychology and Communication
  • How To Talk To Your Buddies About Abortion (And Address Misogyny)
  • Showing Up Online As An Ally
  • From An Ally To An Accomplice