Applications NOW OPEN for the 2020 Young Leader Fellowship


Interested? Apply Today!

The 2020 Cities United Young Leader Fellowship seeks to build the pipeline of leaders committed to making sure all children grow up in safe, healthy and hopeful communities, while reducing the homicide and shooting rates of Black men and boys. This Fellowship is an intensive six-month experience designed for 18 – 24 year old young leaders in our partner cities. Throughout the Fellowship Young leaders will engage with local leaders, mentors, and national experts to deepen their knowledge, skills, and network. Young leaders will gain insights regarding Cities United violence prevention strategies, personal and professional leadership, policy and advocacy, and capacity building.

Fellowship Criteria

  • Black men and women ages 18-24 years of age
  • Individuals interested in working in violence prevention
  • Individuals interested in working on behalf of Black men and boys
  • Currently Reside in or near Cities United Partner City

Fellowship Activities:

  • Online and in-person activities and workshops focused on 1) Professional Development, 2) Leadership Skill Building, 3) Youth-Adult Partnerships and 4) Violence Prevention Strategies
  • Professional Mentorship with a leader in the field of violence prevention
  • Network building with peers and experts
  • Three travel opportunities (Birmingham, AL; Louisville, KY; Washington, DC)

After graduating from the Fellowship, participants will receive a $1,500 completion stipend and opportunities to stay connected and inform Cities United’s young leader work.

Application FAQs

Q: What does the application consists of?
A: The 2020 Application consists of 3 multiple choice and 6 short answer questions (responses can be submitted in writing OR video) AND one letter of support (non-family).

Q: Can I nominate someone for the Fellowship?
A: Nominations are NOT  required at this time; however, a letter of support can be drafted and shared with potential fellows. Fellows MUST submit a letter of support with their application.

Q: My city had a young leader fellow in the past, can we have one again?
A: Yes, cities can have a young leader participate every year, if selected.

Q: How many fellows will you be selecting for the 2020 cohort?
A: We will be selecting up to 15 young leader fellows for the 2020 cohort.

Q: When will I know if I am selected?
A: If selected, young leaders will be notified by January 24, 2020.

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