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Advocacy Institute
for High School Students

Summer 2022


Mandatory orientation:

  • June 16, 2022 from 11am-1pm PT // 12pm-2pm MT // 1pm-3pm CT // 2pm-4pm ET

Summer term program dates: 

  • June 20, 2022 - August 5, 2022
  • Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-1pm PT // 10am-2pm MT // 11am-3pm CT // 12pm-4pm ET (1 hour each day includes a working lunch hour)

Student advocates celebration: 

  • TBD

In order to successfully complete this program, students are required to attend: (1) an interview, (2) the mandatory orientation, (3) all program meetings, and (4) the student advocates celebration.

The time commitment for this mentorship program is a minimum of 12-15 hours per week for 7 weeks.


  1. Attend meetings weekly Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-1pm PT // 10am-2pm MT // 11am-3pm CT // 12pm-4pm ET plus additional optional social, professional, and educational events throughout each month. During these weekly meetings, we will discuss the readings, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and share progress on project work.
  2. Participate in 1-2 elective hours each week from a calendar offering a variety of options including educational hours, social hours, skill-building hours, team learning meetings with FFAC staff, CultureShift book club meetings.
    Note: Over the entire term, students must attend a total of a minimum of 10 elective hours, including at least 2 educational hours, 2 skill-building hours, and 2 social hours.
  3. Each high school student will be mentored by a college student through pre-planned goal-setting and advocacy skill-building activities. FFAC will provide support and instructions for college mentors on how to lead mentor group meetings.
  4. Students have the option to participate in project work. (See project work below before options/ideas.)


Admissions are competitive. Above all, we look for commitment to our mission and values. We look for candidates who will actively engage in our community and, later on, our alumni network. There are no specific experience or GPA requirements.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis!**

  1. Complete the online application below.
  2. In addition to submitting an application through this website, please upload your resume and a project sample. Your project sample should be any project you have done that displays your skills and ideas, e.g., an academic essay, personal writing, creative project, art, video, or anything else. We will accept a sample of any size or length—quality over quantity.
  3. After submitting your application, you will attend a program information session (Dates TBD). You will have an opportunity to ask all your questions there.
  4. After attending the information session, if you think the program is a good fit for you, we will assess your application further and select the applicants who will be invited to an interview.
  5. We will let you know if you are accepted into the program.

**Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You are welcome to submit an application now for a future term. Please note which term you are applying for on the application.

Please reach out with additional questions to Kiely Smith at kiely@ffacoalition.org.