LEAD Nation Fellows Programnmcorp2017-08-02T16:47:52+00:00
About the Fellows Program
Over the course of a school year, the LEAD Nation Fellows Program will train and develop high school students to become vital participants in the areas of leadership, social change, and entrepreneurship who will shape the future of our communities.
Participants will have a chance to engage community partners and businesses to develop their leadership and diversity skills, including critical thinking, community building, process development, and advocacy. They will also cultivate a greater awareness for health and wellness, develop and increase financial literacy, learn college and career readiness skills, and learn what it takes to create and build their own companies and organizations.
Applications Open Monday, May 22nd, 2017.
Application Due Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Interviews: Late August
Orientation: September 13, 2017
Weekend Retreat & Kickoff: October 6-7, 2017
Fellowship Capacity: 15 students (maximum)
Program is for: Boys & Girls
Ages: 13-18 (students entering into the 9th grade are allowed)
Enrolled in a South Florida Middle/High School
Entering into (or already) in 9th grade
Student must be able to commit one (1) Saturday per month, and one full weekend for opening retreat.
Parent must be able to commit one (1) Saturday per month with their child, for 30-minutes for Parent University.
Student must have 2 letters of recommendation:
From a Peer
From an Adult
Student must express interest in the program with a letter of intent.
Student must have a headshot to be used for the Fellows booklet
Students must commit to participate the next year to assist with recruitment of the next class, and serve as facilitators and mentors for the new fellows.
Fellows will meet for orientation, fellowship and networking with each other, community and business partners, and civic leaders. Professional headshots will be taken of each fellow and program mentors.
Fellows will have the opportunity to have an interactive day mix with seminars and group activities all geared around leadership development and diversity. Fellows will go through a sensitivity workshop, and then get engaged with how to embrace the leader in them. Fellows will also hear from two community leaders about leadership and their life story that led them to where they are today.
Fellows will participate in a half day of seminars and a half day of completing a community service project. They will gain an understanding of why community service is important and hear from those whose “service is not just an activity but is a constant way of life.”
Fellows will go through a day of modules in creating a movement around something they believe in. This will be done by fellows engaging in dialogue with each other and facilitators about how to build a coalition around a cause. Fellows will also have the opportunity to hear from activists who are doing work in the community, advocating and fighting for the things they believe in.
Fellows will learn how to manage, save and wisely spend their money. Fellows will go through a balancing money module and learning how to make smart decisions when budgeting. Fellows will also hear from financial specialists and receive money from a financial institution to start their own bank accounts.
Fellows will spend the day career mapping and learning about what it means to be college and career ready. Fellows will start off in the computer lab using a career module that will provide guidance and insight.
Fellows will hear from several of South Florida’s leading young entrepreneurs. They will then breakout into groups with an entrepreneur and mentor to create their own companies. Each group will have an opportunity to present their company and to be judged by the mentors present.
The L.E.A.D. Nation Fellowship is a 10-month opportunity for teenagers in grades 9-12, who desire to become more engaged in leadership, entrepreneurship, community development, and issues of social justice. The fellowship is designed to challenge young people to think outside the box in creating sustainable solutions that will ultimately change the narrative of their communities. Fellows will be teamed up with community leaders for the duration of the program who will provide mentorship as well as guidance in the creation of a realistic community project that will be completed prior to their matriculation ceremony.
Each Fellow receives a $100.00 savings account bank start-up. Fellows also have the opportunity to enter into a family of other L.E.A.D. Nation graduates who are doing amazing things around the country. Also, according to the participation of the Fellow, upon entering their 12th grade year, Fellows will have the opportunity to apply for the Horace A. Williams Scholarship.
Technically, the Fellowship is a 10-month commitment that is centered around Fellows attending their monthly power sessions and community service activities. However, after a Fellow graduates, he/she is required to commit a year to mentor the incoming class in some capacity. Once a Fellow has fulfilled the one year “reach-back,” we like to say “once a L.E.A.D. Fellow, always a L.E.A.D. Fellow” so as long as you are willing to be a part of our community, you can be!
Fellows will engage community partners and businesses to develop their leadership and diversity skills, including critical thinking, community building, process development, and advocacy. They will also cultivate greater awareness for health and wellness, develop and increase financial literacy, learn college and career readiness skills, and learn what it takes to create and build their own companies and organizations.
Once you apply to be a Fellow, the team rigorously reviews your application. We read EVERY application and therefore the review process takes time. From each applicant pool, we accept 25 Fellows to participate in a class. Therefore, the wait time between when you submitted your application and when you hear back about the results can be a few weeks. All applicants are notified whether or not they have been chosen for the L.E.A.D. Nation Fellows Program.
No, we do not. If we accepted one late application, we would have to accept all of them, which means the applications would never stop coming in. We are very firm about the application deadline. Please make sure you have all materials submitted by 11:59pm EST on August 30th.
We strongly discourage using family members for your written recommendations. However, you should choose people who know you well and can speak to your leadership, passion, dedication and personal drive. Big names or famous people will not make your application better or stronger. Our goal is to get to know you and your work better, not speak to a well-known individual.