Seeds of Fire is accepting applications for our East TN Youth Fellowship until May 26, 2023

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The Fellowship will take place May to August 2023, for up to 22 youth in East Tennessee, occupied Cherokee and Yuchi lands.

Fellows will participate in SOF’s Organizing 101 curriculum, which will support young people in learning about their communities, how to organize their communities, and how to build their own solutions to the problems they see around them.

Each East TN Youth Fellow will receive a $5,000 educational stipend at the completion of their time as a fellow. This is a 10-week (around 3 months) commitment over the summer to participate in a virtual-based educational curriculum and project development.

Being part of Highlander’s Seeds of Fire East TN Youth Fellows program will provide opportunities for each member to acquire a variety of skills, which include but are not limited to:

  • Community mapping and assessment
  • Political study on oppression
  • Mentorship practices
  • Project management
  • Logistics and operation support
  • Popular Education Pedagogy
  • Organizing and action planning


Any person who lives in East Tennessee, an area of occupied Cherokee, Yuchi, and other Indigenous lands, and is between 13-25 years old is welcome to apply! Highlander strongly encourages applications from Black, brown, and indigenous people, women, LGBTQ+ and gender variant/non-conforming folks, working-class/cash poor people, and people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Youth from Jefferson, Cocke, Hamblen, Knox, Sevier, and Grundy Counties are also strongly encouraged to apply!