The Boards and Commissions Fellowship is intended to develop the skills and capacity of Idaho leaders and build the power of underrepresented groups to serve on relevant boards and commissions. Underrepresented communities are the ones most impacted by voter suppression efforts, economic injustice, and environmental exploitation. Being at the frontlines of these issues makes leaders from these communities equipped to make meaningful, long-term changes that benefit all of Idaho.
About the Fellowship Program
Conservation Voters for Idaho’s Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program aims to increase diversity on Idaho boards and commissions.
This six-month Fellowship Program is designed to:
- Develop community leaders to serve on public boards and commissions
- Increase the representative diversity on local and commissions by recruiting women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented groups to serve on appointed boards and commissions.
- Develop civic leadership skills and build policy expertise
- Provide one-on-one coaching with a mentor
- Train fellows in conservation policy, including but not limited to land use, clean energy, and development.
Read more about our Fellowship Program here.
View Frequently Asked Questions here: BandCFlyer_Fellows.
Upcoming Events: Community Listening Sessions
We want your input! CVI is about to launch our first ever Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program, and we want to hear from you.
We will be hosting three separate listening sessions to present on the program and receive community feedback. We want to know your thoughts on what is needed to diversify boards and commissions in Idaho, where you feel the most need is, and other ways we can make this new program successful.
Now Recruiting Fellows
- Program runs from January 2021 – July 2021.
- Applications open October 1, 2020.
- First application review starts Oct. 15.
- Final date to submit is Oct. 30.
- 15-20 hours per month time requirement.
- 100% percent of fellows will apply to serve on a local board or commission;
- 50% of Spring 2021 fellows will return to serve as mentors and trainers for the 2022 class;
- 100% will work with a mentor who will help them navigate successful board and commission service, as well as build their networks of people and resources.
- No previous experience in policy and/or conservation required.
Apply to Be a Fellow
Applications are now open for our first Boards and Commissions Fellowship Program.
Deadline to apply is October 30.
For more information, contact Toni Belknap-Brinegar at firstname.lastname@example.org / 208.342.1264 ext. 107.
- Please tell us more about your background and why you are interested in the Boards and Commissions Fellowship.
- Describe your leadership experience (paid and unpaid).
- Should you be selected for the Boards and Commissions fellowship, which board or commission are you interested in and why?
- Effective board and commissions service requires listening to and consulting with all members of the community. Do you have experience working within communities different than your own? If so, please tell us about these experiences. If not, how do you plan on building these relationships?
- What are the significant commitments you have in your life? Based on the time requirements for the fellowship, do you believe you will be able to fully participate?
- What kinds of support do you need in order to have a successful experience within the Boards and Commissions Fellowship? (Examples: I need an interpreter, I have a physical impairment that affects my mobility, I need text read to me, I cannot sit for long periods of time, etc.)
- Are there other things you would like for us to know as we consider your application?
- Please list contact info for 2 references who are non-family members.