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Goals of the fellowship program 1. Advance evidence-based decisionmaking at the federal level through local action by collaboration between scientists and technical experts and UCS. 2. Make advocacy and engagement possible for interested scientists and technical experts. 3. Empower scientists to engage their community to support science-based federal policies. Fellows will receive a $4,500 honorarium and up to a total of $1,000 for community/advocacy events and actions (supplies, equipment, and travel). Fellows should plan to spend on average 8 hours a week on education and advocacy-related activities during the six-month program. Fellows are expected to attend a three-day leadership, civic engagement, and communications retreat. Fellows must primarily reside in their state for the duration of the fellowship. Draft an advocacy plan. 1. Attend a three-day leadership and civic engagement training May 29-June 1 in Seattle, WA. This retreat will provide foundational skills in science communication and policy, spark transformational change as effective leaders, improve knowledge and skills to engage with the public and policymakers, and build a community of mutual support and inspiration. 2. Organize two creative group actions (see below) and one educational event in their communities. 3. Coordinate local gatherings (or calls) with scientist-advocates to plan actions and share updates. 4. Participate in bimonthly fellow conference calls for peer learning and support. 5. Participate in periodic check-ins with UCS campaign staff for support. 6. Create final report backs and lessons learned for other scientist advocates to benefit from your experience.
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