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Apply for Rising Fellows!

East County Rising Community Projects is excited to launch Rising Fellows, a new program for young adults to learn community organizing skills, gain real-time experience and build their local network.


Fellows will work 10-12 hours a week from November - June, be paid for their time, and learn about key problems affecting their communities, how government bodies make decisions, and how to influence those decisions through issue-based community organizing and campaigns.


Components of the program include group workshops and reflection sessions, mentorship, collaborative projects, and meetings with community members, leaders, and organizations as well as government staff.


The Rising Fellows program is built for young adults (ages 18-23) who have a connection to or live in East Multnomah County (east of 82nd Ave.), and who identify as belonging to underrepresented communities that have been shut out from political and economic power.


Fellows should be motivated to:

  • give back to their communities and learn about and build relationships with people in other communities

  • learn about how decisions are made in local, regional, and state governments and how people in the community can shape decisions and get resources to meet their needs

  • effect change and amplify the voices of people excluded from decision making that affects them


There are no educational requirements for the program. Key attributes we look for include:

  • good communication skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback

  • works well together with a team

  • strong listening skills and enjoys learning new things

  • brings new ideas to the table and shares experiences and/or different perspectives 

  • values authenticity


Rising Fellows includes 10-12 hours of work per week, encompassing:

  • Weekend orientation on Saturday, November 6th

  • Biweekly cohort meetings​

  • Regular 1-1 meetings with ECRCP staff

  • Independent work, including attending public meetings to gain information or testify; writing and sending communications; some desktop research and reading; and a variety of meetings.

The program will include a combination of virtual and COVID-safe in person meetings because of the continued risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and other obligations and commitments the fellows will have. We will be sure to prioritize the health of fellows, staff, and the community throughout all activities.


Rising Fellows will be paid $20 an hour, 10-12 hours of work per week. Pay schedule is bi-weekly.


To apply for Rising Fellows, please click here and complete this short questionnaire by 8am on Tuesday, October 12th.

Applicants will be notified if they are invited to schedule a 1-1 conversation with ECRCP staff by Friday, October 15th. These conversations will take place between Monday, October 18th and Friday, October 22nd.

After this initial round of conversations, applicants may be invited to a second interview, which will conclude by Friday, October 29th. 

Fellows will then be selected by Tuesday, November 2nd. Activities will begin with a day retreat on Saturday, November 6th and conclude in June, 2022.

If you have any questions, please email us at

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