A single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country.
Lead for America selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, supporting our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders.
Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows 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.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Health coverage, 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 5 weeks living and working alongside your Fellow class, all while receiving training in 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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