The REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship to Fight Poverty

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Volunteers receive training, support, and inspiration to become skilled advocates. In time, volunteers learn to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, and economic opportunity.With every hour of their time, volunteers multiply their impact through the enormous power of advocacy — whether it’s helping change policy to support millions of families putting food on the table or helping raise billions of dollars for the world’s most vulnerable children.Backed by the in-depth research and legislative expertise of staff, RESULTS advocates realize the incredible power they possess to use their voices to change the world.

We are looking for the next generation of young activists and leaders in fighting poverty at home and abroad. RESULTS will train and guide you to create personal relationships with policymakers in Congress and other branches of government. We’ll train and support you to speak powerfully and engage with the media and your community. RESULTS has proven over the past 35 years that when people like you use their voices effectively, we can make progress towards ending poverty.

As A REAL Change Fellow You Will:

  • Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
  • Learn how to lobby your member of Congress on everything from tax policies that can lift millions of low-income Americans out of poverty to global health initiatives like Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • Become a skilled organizer who mobilizes your community to fight poverty.
  • Write pieces that get published in the media.
  • Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.
  • Attend the RESULTS International Conference (IC). Past speakers include World Bank President Jim Kim, Tavis Smiley, Jeffrey Sachs, Marian Wright Edelman, and Muhammad Yunus.
  • Attend the REAL Change Mid-Year Training in March of 2017 to learn about RESULTS priority issues in depth, the budget process and budget appropriations.


Past Fellows Have:

  • Met with their Members of Congress and built relationships with Members and their staff.

  • Engaged Presidential Candidates and Members of Congress on the campaign trail

  • Published Op-Eds in English and Spanish media
  • Pitched Editorial boards on RESULTS issues
  • Been chosen to attend specialized media trainings and tour the Gates Foundation in Seattle
  • Started new RESULTS groups in strategic areas
  • Been accepted to the White House Intiative on HBCUs All -Star Students Program
  • Used their experience in REAL Change to launch careers in advocacy, political organizing, and the nonprofit sector


Hear From Past Fellows:


  • Passion for creating change and fighting poverty.
  • Ability to commit an average of 6 hours per week.
  • Commitment to join biweekly conference calls on Wednesday nights and monthly national calls on Saturday afternoons.
  • Preference given to those with past experience in student or community activism, political campaigns, or other anti-poverty or social justice focused activities.
  • Be between the ages of 18 - 30 at the start of Fellowship.
  • Attend the 2016 RESULTS International Conference, June 25th - 29th, 2015, in Washington, DC. 

    RESULTS will cover flights, hotels, and some meals. There is a $200 fee to cover certain activities which cannot be waived. RESULTS will provide resources to help Fellows fundraise the $200 fee.


  • Please click here to apply. Please have your application submitted no later than April 30, 2016. Admissions are rolling so applying early is encouraged.

  • Please contact Carly Pildis at with any questions.

Help spread the word! Use our REAL Change fact sheet to let others know about this opportunity and share the inspiring blogposts by REAL Change Fellows Errolyn Gray and PaHoua Vang along with this piece from NPR. Check us out on twitter #REALChanger.