Candidate Criteria

The Youth & Engagement division seeks youth that can speak to embodying its values:
We argue joyfully. We are equals. We boldly seek excellence to transform society. We act with graciousness and gratitude in all we do.

Prior to the fellowship, applicants should have some or all of the following background knowledge and/or experiences:
  • A strong understanding of current community culture.
  • Observed and questioned the critical issues that the community faces.
  • Demonstrated the ability to overcome social or personal obstacles.
  • Experience working successfully as part of a team.
  • Recognized the steps required to set and achieve long-term goals.
  • Exhibited a drive to exceed expectations.
The cohort will consist of those who embody and demonstrate some or all of the following qualities:
  • Willingness to invest in their personal and professional growth.
  • Introspection around personal growth and development.
  • Openness to sharing and incorporating reflection and feedback on personal and group progress.
  • Comfort with providing constructive criticism on the program model.
  • Belief in the potential of all people and communities to succeed and lead.
  • Comfort with the uncomfortable – having a desire to go outside their comfort zone and encouraging others to do the same.
  • A bold, courageous, entrepreneurial spirit.
Qualified applicants:
  • Are at least 16 years old and no older than 20 years old as of the first seminar. Seniors in high school should intend to stay in their hometown for college, or return from study elsewhere in the United States for the seminars.
  • Demonstrate the beautiful diversity of our nation in terms of socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, education level and goals, career or goal trajectory, and are from various locations from throughout the community.
  • Understand the 15-month time commitment of the Fellowship and will attend all sessions.