The Advocacy Institute program for college students offers two terms each year. Students can choose whichever term fits their schedules best.
After completing one term at the Institute, students become members of the Leadership Collective. Students also have the option to pursue further Advocacy Institute training as a continuing student advocate or as a fellow in the Leadership Collective.
In order to successfully complete this program, college advocates are required to attend: (1) an information session and interview, (2) the mandatory orientation, (3) all program meetings, and (4) the Advocacy Institute celebration.
Spring College Institute
- Attend weekly meetings on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-12pm PT / 11am-1pm MT / 12pm-2pm CT / 1-3pm ET. During these weekly meetings, we will discuss the readings, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and share progress on project work.
- Attend 1 elective hour each week (16 minimum, over the term) from a calendar offering a variety of options including educational hours, social hours, skill-building hours, team learning meetings with FFAC staff, and monthly CultureShift book club meetings. Note: educational hours, social hours, and skill-building hours take place during the weekly meeting time block above.
- College advocates will spend 2.5 hours per week for 16 weeks completing an advocacy project of their choosing. (See Advocacy Project section on the previous page for sample project options.) During the final week of the Advocacy Institute, all college advocates will share about their experience and advocacy project during a virtual showcase.
Summer College Institute
- Attend meetings weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-1pm PT / 10am-2pm MT / 11am-3pm CT / 12pm-4pm ET. During these weekly meetings, we will discuss the readings, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and share progress on project work.
- Attend 2 elective hours each week (16 minimum, over the term) from a calendar offering a variety of options including educational hours, social hours, skill-building hours, team learning meetings with FFAC staff, and monthly CultureShift book club meetings. Note: educational hours, social hours, and skill-building hours take place during the meeting time block above.
- Each college advocate will mentor a high school student by leading them 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.
- College advocates will spend 4 hours per week for 8 weeks completing an advocacy project of their choosing. (See Advocacy Projects section above for sample project options.) During the final week of the Advocacy Institute, all college advocates will share about their experience and advocacy project during a virtual showcase.
This is an academic educational internship in which students will engage with other students in the program through readings, discussions, and workshops led by experts in their fields. The practical portion of the internship comprises students working on an advocacy project of their choice. Though this opportunity is unpaid, we are able to provide the cost of internet/phone services for students, which we hope helps make the program more accessible.
FFAC will provide each college advocate $200 toward the cost of internet and phone over the period of the term via check (unless otherwise requested).
We recognize that many students could benefit from participation in the Advocacy Institute, though they may lack the financial means to support participation. Each term, scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who can demonstrate financial need.
To apply for the need-based scholarship, you will submit your financial aid awards from your institution and an additional optional statement as part of your application.
In order to determine the amount of each need-based scholarship award, we take a few demographic factors into account, including minority status in the movement to end factory farming, geographic location, and college major.
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, the Leadership Collective. There are no specific experience or GPA requirements.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis!**
- Complete the online application below.
- 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.
- After submitting your application, we will email you the recording of the information session to watch.
- After watching 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.
- Within two weeks after your interview, we will let you know if you are accepted into the program.
**Applications are accepted on a rolling basis- students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and our final deadline for the Spring 2023 term is January 6, 2022. You are welcome to submit an application now for a future term. Please note which term you are applying for on the application.
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