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2023 YOUNG LEADER FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW

Before You Get Started: To complete the application, potential Fellows MUST respond to all 6 short answer questions AND submit a letter of support by the Application closing date December 12, 2022. 

Application Support Sesssions/Office Hours: 
November 10th and 17th from 6-7pm ET if you want to come by and ask any questions. Register for those sessions here.
Monday- Friday, 9:00-5:00 P.M. EST (Closed every 2nd & 4th Friday) - Please contact Jerrilyn Roberson at jerrilyn.roberson@citiesunited.org, (502) 709-6462 ext. #129, for application support.

Note: All Cities United physical meet-ups currently require COVID-19 vaccination OR testing prior to travel.
Fellowship Overview and What to Expect
The 2023 Cities United Young Leader Fellowship seeks to build a pipeline of leaders committed to making sure all children grow up in safe, healthy and hopeful communities, while reducing the homicide and shooting rates of Black men and boys. This Fellowship is an intensive eight-month experience designed for 18 - 24 year old young leaders in our partner cities. Throughout the Fellowship Young leaders will engage with local leaders, mentors, and national experts to deepen their knowledge, skills, and network. Young leaders will gain insights regarding Cities United violence prevention strategies, personal and professional leadership, policy and advocacy, and capacity building.

Fellows will participate in: 
  • Community Violence Intervention Project development and implementation
  • Online and in-person activities and workshops focused on 1) Professional Development, 2) Leadership Skill Building, 3) Youth-Adult Partnerships and 4) Violence Prevention Strategies
  • Professional Mentorship with leaders in the field of violence prevention
  • Network building with peers and experts 
  • 3-4 out of state travel opportunities
  • Invitation only travel opportunities and engagements with Cities United partner cities and organizations.
During the Fellowship, participants will receive a $1,500 completion stipend and opportunities to stay connected and inform Cities United's young leader work. 
Fellowship Timeline
  • October 27, 2022 - Application Opens
  • November 10 + 17, 2022 - Application Info Sessions 6-7pm, please register
  • December 12, 2022 - Application Closes 
  • December 12, 2022 - January 17, 2023 - Application Review
  • January 25-31st, 2023 - Interviews
  • February 2-9th, 2023 - Notification of Selection
  • March 2023 - Fellowship Cohort Public Announcement 
  • March 16th - 20th, 2023 - Young Leader Fellowship Orientation/1st Fellowship Meet Up
  • May 18th - 21st, 2023 - Potential 2nd Fellowship Meet Up 
  • August 3rd - 6th, 2023 - Potential 3rd Fellowship Meet Up 
  • October 23rd - 27th, 2023 - National Convening in Atlanta, GA & Graduation
*NOTE: All required monthly calls take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month 6-7:30pm ET 
Fellowship Criteria
  • Black people (who will turn 18 on or before 01/01/2023, but will not exceed 24 before 10/01/2023)
  • Individuals interested in working in violence prevention.
  • Individuals interested in working on behalf of Black men and boys.
  • Recommended: Currently Reside in a Cities United Partner City (city list on page 2 or click here )
For more information or questions about the Fellowship contact us (click)