Gen Z is reshaping the world
We are excited to announce Year Two of the NationSwell Fellows program! After a successful inaugural year with seven incredible young leaders, we can’t wait to welcome 10-12 young changemakers, age 20-27, driving meaningful impact on the frontline of our future.
NationSwell aims to equip young social impact leaders with the resources, tools, and network they need to translate their passion into effective community-focused, intersectional solutions. Through an equitable approach, the NationSwell Fellows program empowers young people on the margins to stand at the center of driving change for their communities.
**Applications are now closed for 2023-2024**
Program Details + Key Elements
– The NationSwell Fellows program will run for 8 months, from October 2023 to June 2024
– Most Fellowship experiences will be virtual so we encourage candidates to apply from all over the United States
– Fellows will be provided a Program stipend of $1,000 without any reporting requirements
– Access to industry leaders and experts for connections and mentorship
– Community of practice: building with cohort of like-minded peers and alumni”
– Dedicated 1:1 time with NationSwell team members for personal and professional development
– Chance to attend and potentially be featured (on stage/via content) at NationSwell Summit in front of 200+ the world’s most influential changemakers today
October to December 2023: Skills and Knowledge Building
The goal of this phase is to develop the skills, knowledge and networks needed for a young leader to drive real impact in their communities through weekly workshops, panels, mixers and other group events. Fellows will be expected to dedicate an hour each week to the program to attend program meetings for 10 weeks. Event topics will be refined alongside cohort needs.
January to June 2024: Impact Incubator
In this phase Fellows are expected to develop a project to drive impact in a community or issue they care about. The fellows will apply the knowledge and frameworks learnt in the first phase of the program to identify a specific challenge, conduct research, develop a strategy, design a scalable solution for the issue and begin implementation. They will be paired and working directly with an industry mentor and a NationSwell expert advisor. Fellows are expected to meet with their advisor, mentor and the program lead on a monthly basis while working on their project. They will primarily be working independently and will have the flexibility of scheduling their own hours.
Applications are closed for 2023-2024. Finalists will be contacted in September for an interview to inform final decisions. Applicants are expected to share a project proposal as part of the application for the Impact Incubator phase of the program.
From our Year One Fellows
“I appreciate the intentionality of cultivating a group with different types of people who work well together but have hands and feet in different sectors. I think that’s really important as we are thinking about intersectionality across our work. A lot of fellowships are focused on one area so that feels unique to this program.”
“The fellowship for me has been such an exciting and grounding experience. It’s one the few spaces where I feel truly cared for and appreciated especially as a Queer Black woman and young professional. I am really grateful for the valuable connections and resources that have strengthened my network and skills.”
“I feel like I’ve grown a lot in this last six months and it’s directly related to this fellowship. It’s made me feel ready to level up!”
“I love the fellowship – I am excited about my mentor and the cohort. Connecting with other fellows and practicing pitching has been helpful in defining my personal brand.”
“The biggest benefit to the NationSwell Fellowship has been the network and momentum. From the network, I’ve felt inspired to pursue my goals and keep building BOAT with the guidance of mentors.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my time with NationSwell so far. The staff has been really supportive – always eager to brainstorm, hop on a call, and provide resources. I’ve had some helpful conversations so far about professional growth and my project incubator, which is directly impactful. I also find it useful to be held accountable to those smaller IDP goals.”
“I think the fellowship is aiding me and giving me permission to work on a project that I wouldn’t have pursued without this support.”