Lead for America works to ensure that our country’s most dynamic and diverse young leaders are working on our toughest challenges. We believe that with the right leadership in the right places, we can reimagine the American Dream in a way that is:
1) Shared. Where we all have strong communal ties and a common aspiration of equity and justice for all.
2) Accessible. Where everyone has a chance at economic and civic mobility, no matter their zip code; and
3) Sustainable. Where our education system and public institutions are well positioned to grow and sustain the next generation of leadership that will be responsible for solving problems that we cannot yet see.
Through our programs, LFA community members will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.
Through its flagship fellowship program, by 2040 Lead for America aims to recruit, train, and place 50,000 of our nation’s most dynamic, diverse, and high-integrity selfless leaders in high-impact local government, local non-profit, and civic-oriented local business roles to reinvigorate our civic institutions and serve as democracy entrepreneurs in the communities they call home. We identify dynamic and diverse leaders ages 21-30 who already have shown a commitment to a life of service for a specific community or cause, and then give them the training, mentorship, and support they need before, during, and after a two-year paid Fellowship.
All Fellows commit to at least four years of service to their community or their cause and while Fellows provide immediate value to the community in tackling projects of critical importance during their first two years, it is the long-term impact of having a representative, locally rooted, and nationally connected leadership force that we believe will drive transformative change for our nation. Our first cohort of 55 Fellows convened for their leadership development and public administration training in June of 2019, to begin their two year service in August.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Training
As a Fellow, you're going to be pushed and you're going to be challenged. But you're also going to have access to world-class training, a community of like-minded peers, a national network of public service leaders, and a staff that will be asking for your advice on how best to shape this program. Most importantly, you're going to be doing work that really matters. We're excited to meet you and create this experience together.
We want to make sure our Fellows are ready to contribute and make a positive impact from Day 1. But we also want Fellows to end the Summer inspired and with a new set of friends and supporters. We try our best to do all of that at the Summer Institute. You'll spend four weeks living and working alongside your Fellow class, all while receiving training in leadership and public administration, learning the skills you'll need to succeed and developing the mindsets--and friendships--that you'll need to stay grounded along the way.
We do everything we can to keep Fellows engaged in public service, ideally in the community or state in which they served, after the Fellowship concludes. This support includes seed money for Fellows wanting to start their own initiative, connections with a nationwide mentorship network, and relationships with graduate programs--including the potential for automatic scholarship money.
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