Angelina | Feb 19, 2024 | 0
Applications for the John Lewis Young Leaders 2024-2025 fellows are now open!(Fully-funded for USA residents)
The John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) program, established in 2017, is a transformative undergraduate fellowship initiative designed to empower students to become effective leaders in social justice and civic engagement. Inspired by the enduring friendship between John Lewis and Robert Kennedy, the program is committed to building a more just and equitable future by nurturing the next generation of human rights defenders.
The JLYL program is a year-long fellowship that provides college students with essential skills for community organizing and civic engagement. Fellows actively engage their campus and local communities in human rights work through a comprehensive capstone project. The program offers a range of support, including grassroots organizing workshops, personalized mentorship from RFK Human Rights staff, financial assistance, and access to an extensive network of professionals, peers, and alumni in the field of human rights.
Becoming a Fellow
What We Are Looking For
The JLYL program seeks highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in organizing work. Ideal candidates are self-starters unafraid to challenge the status quo, envisioning themselves as human rights defenders with a commitment to making a positive impact. Priority is given to students from marginalized backgrounds who face systemic challenges hindering their path to becoming advocates for human rights.
- Undergraduate student
- Enrolled in a 2 or 4-year accredited program
- Enrolled in a university located in the United States
Preference Is Given To
- Students attending an HBCU, HSI, or HMSI
- Students located in the southern and midwestern United States
- Students from marginalized communities
As a JLYL fellow, participants are expected to:
- Attend the 3-day JLYL retreat with organizing workshops
- Engage in monthly 1-on-1 coaching sessions with RFK Human Rights staff
- Attend all monthly cohort meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month
- Complete a capstone presentation detailing their project at the fellowship’s conclusion
- $2,000 professional stipend (paid in two $1,000 installments over the fall and spring semesters)
- Agency to focus on elevating social issues
- $1,000 in funding for events and activities related to the capstone project
- Access to resources from community organizers and activists
- Paid-for retreat in summer 2024 (location TBD)
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization strictly prohibits discrimination based on various characteristics. This commitment aligns with federal, state, and local laws, ensuring a diverse and inclusive environment for all participants.
The application portal for the 2024-2025 fellowship year is now open. The key dates for the upcoming cohort are as follows:
- Application Opens: December 19, 2023
- Application Closes: March 10, 2024, 11:59 pm EST
- Fellows Notified: April 15, 2024
- Weekend Fellowship Retreat: June 7 – June 9, 2024 (location TBD)
- Fellowship Start Date: August 15, 2024
- Capstone Proposal Due: September 15, 2024
- Monthly Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month
- Fellowship Ends: May 30, 2025
Ready to take the first step toward becoming a John Lewis Young Leader? Click here to begin your application.
Join us in shaping a brighter and more just future. Apply now to be a part of the John Lewis Young Leaders program.