Our Current Partners

Rutgers University-Newark is a diverse, urban, public research university that is an anchor institution in New Jersey’s cultural capital. Approximately 12,000 students are currently enrolled at its 38-acre campus in a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, University College, the Graduate School-Newark, Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Law-Newark, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Rutgers University-Newark has a remarkable legacy of producing high-impact scholarship that is connected to the great questions and challenges of the world. It is in and of a city and region where its work on local challenges undertaken with partners from sectors resonates powerfully throughout our urbanizing world.  Most importantly, Rutgers University-Newark brings an incredible diversity of people to this work – students, faculty, staff, and community partners – making it more innovative, more creative, more engaging, and more relevant for our time and the times ahead. For more information, please visit www.newark.rutgers.edu
The Newark School District is the largest and one of the oldest school systems in New Jersey. The racial and ethnic diversity of Newark provides a rich educational experience for pre-kindergarten to secondary school students. The district operates 65 traditional public schools, with a total enrollment of just over 36 thousand students. The Newark School District continues to revise its services to meet the changing needs of the students they serve.
FOCUS St. Louis is a regional leadership organization dedicated to preparing a diverse base of leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis. FOCUS St. Louis convenes more than 10,000 people each year through eight leadership programs, numerous civic engagement initiatives, and an active alumni network. FOCUS St. Louis operates around the core values of quality leadership, civic involvement, community collaboration, equity, and regional perspective.


How to Partner with Us

We partner with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) across the United States that share our values to empower their community’s young leaders. Because the fellowship is site-based, and will recruit from and take place in local communities, the CBOs provide a critical local lenses, foster important connections for recruitment and serve as local support for fellows. Partner CBOs provide critical input into seminar curriculum to provide local customization of content and activities. Partner CBOs support identification of Fellow social venture purpose and project planning, provide mentorship and coaching, and connect participants with or provide support systems for academic, mental health and other needs as they arise.

To partner with the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship, please consider the below qualifications before reaching out to Zakiya Reid, Program Director.

Partner CBO Selection Considerations
  • Highly regarded by youth and local leadership
  • Focused on youth or have solid youth programming
  • Stable, healthy organization with solid financials
  • Board of Directors includes prominent local leaders
  • Organizational leadership deeply knowledgeable about local landscape (political, youth resources, community needs and assets)
  • Able to allocate a program point person/liaison with the appropriate amount of experience and expertise and time
  • Strong relationship with school, university systems. and the local community
  • Serves diverse local clientele, equally comfortable with multiple local communities