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2021 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 (November 20, 2020).

Note: All physical meet-ups are pending due to COVID-19 restrictions and warnings.
Fellowship Overview
The 2021 Cities United Young Leader Fellowship seeks to build the 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 six-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: 
  • 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 a leader in the field of violence prevention
  • Network building with peers and experts 
  • Three travel opportunities (Birmingham, AL; Louisville, KY; Washington, DC)
After graduating from the Fellowship, participants will receive a $1500 completion stipend and opportunities to stay connected and inform Cities United's young leader work. 
Fellowship Timeline
  • September 25, 2020 - Application Opens 
  • November 20, 2020 - Application Closes 
  • January 2021 - Interviews & Fellowship Cohort Public Announcement 
  • February 2021 - 2021 Young Leader Fellowship Orientation Webinar 
  • March 4-7, 2021 - Fellowship Term Begins and 1st Meet Up
  • June 3-6, 2021 - 2nd Fellowship Meet Up
  • August (dates TBA) - 3rd Fellowship Meet Up and Graduation
  • *monthly calls 1st Tuesday of the month
Fellowship Criteria
  • Black people (who will turn 18 on or before 01/21, but will not exceed 25 before 09/21)
  • Individuals interested in working in violence prevention
  • Individuals interested in working on behalf of Black men and boys
  • Currently Reside in a Cities United Partner City (city list on page 2)
For more information or questions about the Fellowship contact us (click)