Gen Z is reshaping the world

They pioneered the climate crisis movement, are radically reimagining the role of business in society, and continue to demand better from world leaders. However, as the gap in access to opportunities grows, many young people find themselves without the adequate resources and networks to participate in the movements that could change their communities. Those most vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis, racism, or gun safety are often furthest away from the platforms needed to drive real impact.

NationSwell aims to equip young 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. Join us in supporting  a changemaker on the frontlines of our future.

The Ripple Effect: Our theory of change
We believe in the ripple effect that one driven leader can have on catalyzing cultural, social and environmental shifts that will shape our future. By empowering individuals driving impact in their communities and nurturing a community of intersectional leaders, we can create lasting systemic change.

Our impact year one

We measure our success of both individual impact and the community ripple effect — tracking initiatives and impact their skills & support have led to.

Building skills

Fellows reported a growth in their ability to present their ideas to larger audiences, develop a winning elevator pitch, access key networks, and find the help they need through mentorship. 

Growing confidence 

The program equips young leaders with the confidence to show up authentically in the social impact world. Through the program, Fellows report feeling more confident in their abilities to drive change. 

Change in attitudes 

Over the course of the program more Fellows reported that they believed businesses can be a partner in progress for making impact for good in the world than before they joined the program.

Enabling impact

The weight of NationSwell’s research, strategy and thought-leadership behind the Fellow’s impact incubator projects has translated into strong initiatives to create on-the-ground impact.

From our Fellows

NationSwell Fellows 2.0

Through the program, NationSwell aims to provide young, enthusiastic leaders who have demonstrated a passion for change with a platform to learn, grow, and build connections.

    • •  Program Stipend 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 for personal and professional development 
    • •  Chance to attend and potentially be featured at NationSwell Summit
    • •  Opportunity to learn and put skills into practice
  • •  Knowledge building workshops and events tailored to their needs

Support the next generation of impact leaders

NationSwell Fellows is a mutual value exchange opportunity. By supporting the Fellows program (individual Fellows and the wider Futures platform), your business is providing a platform that provides transformational support to young impact leaders.

Your Business

Gains insights into how change is taking place among the youngest generation of talent entering the workforce.

Provides a chance to drive both short term impact for the Fellows and long term impact by fueling the ripple effect of change in their communities.

Benefits from the chance to both offer mentoring opportunities to your staff.

Receives guidance and wisdom from the young leaders on how to stay relevant and connect authentically with new generations.

Noteworthy Resources

Where Young Leaders Level Up

Meet all seven young leaders who were chosen as Fellows in the first year of the NationSwell Fellows program. These young leaders stood out with their immense passion for their environmental and social issue areas of focus, demonstration of leadership in the field, and focus on the importance of intersectionality.


About Fellows

Learn more from last year’s press release about the search for our inaugural class of Fellows.


From Me to You to Us

This zine is a collection of dreams, stories, and shared knowledge meant to foster hope + creativity from NationSwell Fellow, Thea Gay.


5 Minutes With the Fellows

In this editorial series, NationSwell profiles the incredible and inspiring recipients of this fellowship. Dive deeper into the perspectives of Thea Gay, Sarah Miller, and Safiyah Zaidi in their featured articles.

Let’s transform the future together
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