The Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA) Policy & Advocacy Fellowship Program (PAFP) raises the collective capacity of its members and ecosystem stakeholders to engage in workforce development advocacy at the federal, state, county, and local level. Selected Fellows receive intensive training on the federal and state legislative, administrative, and appropriations processes, and tangible experiences in developing and utilizing advocacy strategies. Participation is by application only; entrance is in PWDA’s sole discretion with judging criteria set forth in writing and posted on the PWDA website.
The PAFP launches each year at the PWDA Symposium in the Fall and concludes at the PWDA Annual Conference in May. Fellows are expected to attend each session of the PAFP and complete all projects and assignments. Fellows may be removed from the program if they have unexcused absences or fail to complete program projects and assignments.
Application Closes Friday, September 29th at 5pm
The PWDA Policy & Advocacy Fellowship brought together a diverse group of workforce development professionals & thinkers to learn together and build their policy advocacy skills. Not only did we learn from the great team at PWDA and their guest speakers, but we also got to learn from each other. I really appreciated this opportunity and will use the knowledge I’ve gained to be a stronger advocate for the workforce development system moving forward.
Participation requirements & expectations
Fellows Can Expect:
PWDA gave us all a unique opportunity to step outside of our comfort zones, work with diverse teams in a short time period & explore novel policy solutions to real problems experienced by Pennsylvanians.
Fellows Will Learn:
Who should apply/application judging criteria:
2023-2024 Schedule (*subject to change with advance notification from PWDA)
November 1-2, 2023
Seminar # 1
In-Person at PWDA Office
January 10-11, 2024
Seminar # 2
TBD, Capitol Complex Harrisburg
February 8, 2024
TBD, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg
Fellows will be required to work independently and in small group to develop and complete assignments, reading materials, conduct legislative outreach, and more. This work will be conducted throughout the Fellowship, including before, during, and after the Seminars.
Fellows (or their organizations) are expected to pay their own expenses and manage their own travel accommodations.