Secular Coalition's Policy Leadership Program

Are you a nontheist college student in the D.C. area with a strong commitment to church-state separation?

Are you interested in learning leadership skills from some of the most influential people in the nontheist movement?

Do you want to help the Secular Coalition achieve our public policy goals?

If the answer to these questions is YES, consider applying for the The Secular Coalition Policy Leadership Program.

The Secular Coalition Policy Leadership Program focuses on two main initiatives: 1) creating new leaders for the nontheist community and 2) educating these leaders on the important policy goals for SCA and the nontheist community at large.

The commitment required of scholars is 20 hours over the course of one semester. Each accepted student will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation. For the application, click here.

Requirements for entering:
• Commitment to church-state separation public policies and passion for improving the political strength of nontheistic Americans
• Enrollment in a D.C. area higher education institution in Fall 2010
• Ability to travel to D.C. for bi-monthly program events

Applicants chosen for this program will gain unique leadership and advocacy opportunities.
Leadership training sessions held with some of the most well-respected, recognized secular leaders will teach participants to:
• gain an overview of what it takes to be an effective secular leader;
• increase self-awareness and enhance their leadership strengths and skills.
• learn about key issues affecting the secular movement and
• practice effective communication

Each participant will have the following responsibilities:
1. Helping to plan, promote and facilitate the Secular Coalition’s first Policy Conference held in spring 2011 in Washington D.C.
2. Choosing one policy topic that the Secular Coalition works on and researching and writing a 3-5 page position paper on the history of that issue and its importance.
3. Assisting the Secular Coalition in any time-sensitive administrative work
4. Drafting an action plan for achieving one of the segments of Our Secular Decade plan, which sets forth the goal of returning America to its secular heritage by the end of the decade.

In order for your application to be considered, the Secular Coalition must receive all completed materials by the application deadline of August 6, 2010. Completed applications should be emailed to: Sasha Bartolf at sasha [at] secular.org Applications will be considered complete once the Secular Coalition has received your personal and education information and responses to two (2) essay questions. If possible, please send all materials as one complete package.  There are a limited number of slots available for this program.

Secular Coalition Policy Leadership Program Application

Name _________________________        Hometown _____________________________
Email address _____________________________ School ______________________________
Year in School _____________ Major ____________________GPA ____________
Expected Graduation Date ______________
Extracurricular Activities; Special Honors & Awards; Previous Leadership Positions (please list and describe briefly if applicable)

Essay Question #1: In 500 words or fewer, please describe why you are applying for this program and what you hope to gain from it.
Essay Question #2: In 500 words or fewer, please describe how your background and education would make you a good fit for this program.

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