The 2021 Lead for America Fellowship is now accepting applications.
NOTE: If you apply using the Handshake “Apply” button, we will contact you regarding next steps for the application. To be fully considered for the fellowship, all candidates must complete Lead For America’s external application on AirTable. To begin the fellowship application, follow this link.
Who We Are
A single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country.
From the COVID-19 crisis to intergenerational poverty and ecological devastation, the challenges facing our communities and nation are immense. And our communities and public institutions––the very things designed to confront these challenges, give every American a chance at a better life, and care for those who can’t care for themselves––are crumbling exactly when we need them most.
Lead For America’s Fellows program builds the leadership force we need to address these challenges at scale, to change the narrative of success and worth in our country, and to ensure that every child has a chance at a better life, no matter their neighborhood or family circumstances.
The program is a paid, two-year fellowship for dynamic and diverse leaders who return to their hometown communities and home states to work full-time alongside local public institutions implementing proven strategies to improve community wellbeing.
You will serve as a primary member of the Backbone Support Team for the Equity Arcata Network. The network’s purpose is to create a welcoming, safe, and racially equitable community, for all people of color through engaging the community around housing, health, education, art, and employment. The fellowship position will provide planning and general support to equity working groups – including those related to meeting design and note-taking, implementation of projects and outreach, learning and reporting, and to the network overall by completing summary reports, special research projects, funding, and grant requests, and data collection.
- Provide planning and general support to equity working groups.
Valley West Community Planning Priorities:
- Develop beautification priorities for Valley West collaborating with the Chamber, Mainstreet, and Arcata House Partnership such as trash pick-up/cans, murals, planters, flower baskets, and better lighting.
- Continue the planning for a Valley West community center to offer recreational and learning opportunities, resource services, and a general gathering space. Support the HSU student project to complete initial visioning.
- Prioritize Improvements to Carlson Park; picnic tables, bathrooms, cleanup efforts, play space, and river access.
Strategic Infill Redevelopment Program:
- Public Engagement and support coordination for the City’s large-scale planning effort that will result in the development of new programs to support housing and economic development, the adoption of an Area Plan, amendments to the General Plan, targeted rezoning to accommodate greater housing densities and the required environmental review of these efforts.
First Round Deadline: May 15th
Semifinalist Deadline: May 29th
Finalist Interviews: June 6th-7th
Endorsed Finalist Selection: June 14th
First Round Deadline: June 15th
Finalist Interviews: June 16th-23rd
Endorsed Finalist Selection: July 2nd
-Be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident.
-If in college, be on track to earn an undergraduate degree by June 2021, and if graduated, have earned an undergraduate degree in 2012 or later (this may include an associate degree).
-Be able to make a full-time commitment (the fellowship is a full-time job).
Learn More & Contact Us
To learn more about the fellowship program or LFA, please see here.
To schedule a call with an LFA Fellow, please see here.
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