Are you a college student or recent graduate ready to be transformed through innovative work with human service agencies? Then, the Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program is right for you!
NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formally the Youth Fellowship Program) increases the capacity of our human service member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develop crucial leadership skills in the fellows themselves. The program engages college students and/or recent graduates over a nine-month placement with a NNAAC member organization. Fellows are recruited by NNAAC members locally, and in partnership with universities.
Each fellow has an individualized work-plan with the following list of goals:
- Gaining a greater understanding of the issues facing Arab American communities and the role nonprofits play in addressing those issues
- Gaining knowledge of nonprofit management and operations
- Developing critical leadership skills
- Creating their personal leadership development growth plan
To accomplish these goals, fellows work in a variety of areas within their placement organization, allowing them to experience both the service delivery and administration sides of nonprofit work.
Developing the next generation of leaders is vital to human service organizations. Not only do these organizations need additional capacity to meet the growing needs of the community, but they need a cohort of young, passionate leaders who understand the issues within the community and the unique role human services agencies play in addressing those issues.
Equally important to the development of the fellows is the capacity this program will build for the host organizations themselves. By developing new, capable, and knowledgeable leaders, our members will have increased personnel capacity to meet the needs of their local communities in coming years.
Over the long term, however, our Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program will be developing critical skills in new leaders who can then go on to serve in human service agencies across the country for many years to come.