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About the Policy Fellows Program

The purpose of the Policy Fellow Program is to support the implementation of Safe States Alliance’s strategic map by engaging members and supporting advocacy and policy making. Program participants will receive extensive training, technical assistance and peer-based support aimed to increase skills and self-confidence to educate policymakers at the local, state and national levels in support injury and violence prevention. 



Safe States Alliance is pleased to announce its new Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellowship, a one-year virtual program designed to strengthen and expand injury and violence prevention policy leadership at the local, state and federal levels.  Fellows will receive targeted training through policy- and advocacy-focused webinars to include topics such as: “What is advocacy?” and “Understanding the legislative process.”  Bi-monthly conference calls led by Safe States’ Director of Government Relations will provide a forum for fellows to gain additional insights into specific areas of policy and advocacy, while networking virtually with their fellow colleagues.  


Fellowship Benefits

  • Intensive policy training and technical assistance
  • New connections and broadened networks within the Safe States membership and with local, state and federal policymakers
  • National recognition as a Safe States Alliance Policy Fellow
  • Opportunities to interact with Safe States Alliance senior staff and volunteer leaders
  • Opportunities for career advancement through new experiences, skills and networking
  • Travel support to attend the Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting and annual Hill Day


Fellowship Requirements

  • Attend the Safe States’ annual conference
  • Participate in Safe States’ Policy Committee calls and meetings

  • Attend bimonthly conference calls and educational webinars

  • Meet with elected officials in-state during legislative recesses and during the Safe States annual Hill Day in Washington, DC (travel support provided)

  • Disseminate legislative alerts to in-state partners and stakeholders

  • Send communications to elected officials during select intervals of the legislative process

  • Actively participate in the Safe States Grassroots Action Inspiration Network Facebook Group

  • Contribute to internal policy-related projects and initiatives, such as the development of policy or position statements, issue briefs and white papers

Key Dates

Applications Open: June 23, 2017
Applications Due: July 14, 2017
IVP Public Policy 101 Workshop/Kickoff Meeting: September 11, 2017 (Aurora, Colorado)


Interested in Applying?

Click here to access the application


We encourage all interested members to apply. Six fellows will be chosen for the initial cohort, and a new class of fellows will be chosen each year. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bonta



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