Young Voices is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for pro-liberty writers in developing countries: the Agora Fellowship. Five writers under 30 from around the world will be selected to receive comprehensive training from Young Voices on the fundamentals of advocacy and mentorship from professionals in the liberty movement over the course of four months. We hope to empower one-man think tanks in countries where the message of liberty needs to be desperately heard.
In Ancient Greece, the agora was an open space used for both markets and public assemblies. It was a vibrating center for society, where people purchased goods and discussed the important topics of the day. Indeed, the twin function of the agora explain the roots of two verbs in modern Greek: ἀγοράζω, agorázō, meaning “I shop,” and ἀγορεύω, agoreúō, meaning “I speak in public.”
At Young Voices, we seek to invest in great communicators that similarly stand at the intersection of commerce and discourse, advocating for free markets as a means of achieving prosperity and fulfillment. Such a message is desperately needed in developing countries, where decades of failed policies from both internal and external actors have only perpetuated poverty.
With the Agora Fellowship, five writers under 30 from around the world will be paired with a professional mentor in the liberty movement and receive comprehensive training from Young Voices on op-ed writing, broadcast interviews, social media, podcasting, and much more. Each training will be followed with an assignment for fellows to flex their advocacy skills in actions.
Writers under 30 from around the world are encouraged to apply below. Questions can be sent to Executive Director Casey Given at [email protected]
Fellowship Syllabus & Schedule
- FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 22: Fellowship applications open
- MARCH 29: Fellowship offers made
- APRIL 11 – 22: Mentor pairing made, trainings developed and confirmed
- APRIL 1 – 26: Fellows responsible for watching Webinar #1 on the topic of economic freedom and the most effective arguments for it as a means of economic development. An outside think tank expert is invited to deliver the lecture. Fellows are assigned task to think of particular policy reforms in their country they’d like to advocate for and specific goals for the end of the program. They are encouraged to work on these goals with their mentor.
- APRIL 26: Assignment #1 due. Fellows turn in goals to staff, engage in one-on-one discussions about how to achieve them.
- MAY 1 – 31: Fellows responsible for watching Webinar #2 on op-ed editing and pitching. Fellows are assigned the task of writing op-ed on economic freedom.
- MAY 31: Assignment #2 due. Fellows turn in op-ed for editing to staff for editing and feedback.
- JUNE 3 – 28: Fellows responsible for watching Webinar #3 held on TV/radio/podcasts. Fellows assigned task of compiling list of potential print outlets for publication of their op-eds and broadcast outlets who would have them on for an interview.
- JUNE 28: Assignment #3 due. Fellows turn in list for discussion with staff. Fellows assigned task of pitching their op-ed for publication and securing a TV/radio interview.
- JULY 1 – 26: Assignment #4 due. All op-eds and broadcast interview hits should be published and aired.
- JULY 26: Program close. One-on-one feedback call given to each fellow, mentor.