Apply for the 2019 Uplift Organizing Fellowship!

Join our movement for climate justice. We are looking for young leaders on the Colorado Plateau to take Uplift to new heights in 2019!

The 2019 Uplift organizing fellowship will support young changemakers to grow their grassroots organizing skills and make an impact on the southwest regional climate justice movement. Fellows will be awarded a $1200 stipend for a seven month period of organizing.

Apply by 5 pm MT on January 31, 2019. Applicants should be between 16 to 30 years of age.

Uplift is committed to empowering underserved and frontline communities. We specifically hold space for people of color, indigenous, queer and trans, disabled, migrant and undocumented youth to take a leadership role in our movement and to apply for our fellowship.


Why be a fellow?

As a youth-led, grassroots movement, Uplift inspires hope for climate justice on the Colorado Plateau. The region’s frontline communities and wild places face daunting threats--from extreme extraction to megadrought. Uplift’s 2019 Climate Conference will play a critical role in building unity, educating, and sparking action for needed change. Fellows will experience the joy of bringing together hundreds of passionate, young climate justice advocates. Fellows will also gain skills through organizing with the Uplift Climate Action Council and mentorship from past conference organizers.

Fellows gain:

  • Connections with young leaders across the Colorado Plateau

  • Professional and grassroots advocacy skills

  • Experience in community organizing and creative activism

  • Lifelong friends

What does an organizer fellow do?

Uplift Organizing Fellows plan our annual Uplift Climate Conference, a pivotal gathering for young people across the Colorado Plateau to build a regional movement for climate justice. Fellows decide the conference program, speakers, location, recruitment, and all conference activities. As a team, fellows create a relevant and meaningful gathering for our generation.

In addition to organizing the conference, fellows will coordinate around regional campaigns and creative actions with the Uplift Climate Action Council. We don’t seek to reinvent the wheel, so this may just mean fellows continue the community organizing they’re already doing with additional support. We also support fellows in storytelling, digital media, and creative, art-as-activism projects to elevate the Uplift narrative.

Organizer Fellows are expected to:

  • Attend the Uplift Organizer Retreat in March or April 2019 (date TBA)

  • Spend 2-5 hours per week organizing the Uplift Climate Conference and local actions

  • Participate in the Uplift Climate Action Council webinars and leadership retreat in May or June 2019 (date TBA)

  • Attend the Uplift Climate Conference in September 2019 (date TBA)

What positions are available?

We have three committees that work together to form our whole team:

  • Operations and Logistics: selects the venue, supports attendee’s transportation to/from the conference, and other logistical tasks such as securing food, managing conference volunteers, etc. to make sure that the conference runs smoothly

  • Programming: facilitates brainstorming for the conference program, coordinates inviting speakers and workshop facilitators, facilitates the production of the conference agenda.

  • Media and Communications: coordinates the outreach strategy to recruit Uplift attendees, supports social media, creates news stories, op-eds, LTES and other forms of media to shape the public narrative of Uplift.

Questions? Email or find additional info on the application form.


The 2018 Organizing Team

We grew up among the aspen forests, red rock mesas, and spreading valleys of the Colorado Plateau. Meet the passionate team of young leaders behind Uplift 2018.

uplift 2017 organizers

uplift 2016 Organizers

Interested in getting involved with Uplift? Email for more information.