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.
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.
Skills and confidence levels:
- 21% increase in public speaking skills.
- 27% growth in finding mentor relationships that enhance the work.
- 12% increase in their ability network to build meaningful work relationships.
- 7% increase in deeper understanding of intersectionality.
Leadership and expertise:
- Uma demonstrated her expertise in health equity as a paid consultant with NationSwell, advising on a project with a major pharmaceutical company.
- Thea was selected as an Emerging Leader for #GreenBiz23.
- Thea was given the opportunity to speak at and showcase their Impact Incubator project at Summit.
- Sarah launched a workplace group that successfully advocated for sustainable practices to be implemented in their office. The group continues to educate, inspire, and advocate for greener practices to make an environmental impact.
- Fellows are launching a variety of podcasts spotlighting the stories of Indigenous women, Muslim American women, and people with disabilities.
From our 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.”
Meet the current NationSwell Fellows
This year’s young leaders are not only incredibly passionate about their work, but they are remarkably intentional about intersectionality, and have already made outstanding strides in their areas of focus. NationSwell is honored to announce the thirteen leaders who were chosen to be this year’s Fellow.
From Me to You to Us
This zine is a collection of dreams, stories, and shared knowledge meant to foster hope + creativity from former 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.
Supporting the next generation of impact leaders
Gain insights into how change is taking place among the youngest generation of talent entering the workforce.
Provide 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.
Benefit from the chance to both offer mentoring opportunities to your staff.
Receive guidance and wisdom from the young leaders on how to stay relevant and connect authentically with new generations.