The Rising Leaders for Results Fellowship seeks talented, ambitious young professionals early in their careers from across the country who desire to grow personally and professionally as results- and equity-based leaders. The Foundation seeks candidates between the ages of 24 and 31 a) who are working to improve their communities and the lives of individuals and families, and b) who want to “up their game” and have increasing impact both in the short term and over the arc of their careers. While the Fellowship strives for a very diverse class, it is not solely for leaders of color, so race and ethnicity are not selection criteria.
To be eligible for the Rising Leaders for Results Fellowship an applicant must be:
- Be 24 to 31 years of age (on Nov. 14, 2023, the start of the Fellowship).
- Work in one of the following:
- a non-profit, public or philanthropic organization that serves or seeks to improve outcomes for children, youth, families or communities;
- a for-profit community‑, family- or youth-focused organization; or
- self-employed focused on community, family or youth.
- Working in the United States on domestic issues at the local, state, regional and/or national levels.
- Be able to attend all program seminars and activities during the program term of November 2023 through July 2025.
- Have the full support of their supervisor and organization.
- Be neither employed by nor seeking employment with the Annie E. Casey Foundation during the program selection period or the term of the program.
- Be unrelated as an immediate family member to a trustee or employee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- Have no plans to participate in another leadership program or run for public office during the program term of November 2023 through July 2025 (to avoid scheduling conflicts and other competing commitments).
Additionally, successful applicants will have the following characteristics:
- a desire to make and lead change that creates equitable opportunities for children, youth, families and communities to thrive;
- a desire to act with urgency and extend their leadership and authority;
- a willingness and openness to learning, individually and with others;
- a desire to examine and explore all dimensions of one’s leadership, including the personal experiences and effects of race, class and culture that got them where they are, and support or hinder them in advancing in their leadership;
- an appreciation for both data and narrative as evidence of where things stand and indication of what can be done;
- an understanding that achieving equitable opportunities for all children, families and communities requires addressing deeply entrenched systemic and structural inequities;
- a willingness to engage in difficult conversations around race, bias and mental models; and
- an openness to self-reflection and a willingness to explore their blind spots and areas of unknowing, test assumptions and receive feedback and coaching.