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New Orleans YOUth Leadership Fellowship Overview The Afterschool Partnership is committed to helping New Orleans’ youth develop the leadership skills necessary to become engage citizens and participate in city and state government decisionmaking. The New Orleans Youth Leadership Fellowship is a six-month program for 20 youth committed to answering the question, “How do we create a Youth-Friendly New Orleans?” All youth ages 16-21, who are passionate about finding real solutions on how to create a youth voice in our city and engage young people in government-decision making, are encouraged to apply. Fellows will participate in 9 Saturday workshops to learn critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and leadership development skills, as well as policy and advocacy tools. All Fellows will work in teams to design a final presentation, and have opportunities to speak with city, state and community leaders. Fellows will receive a stipend for their participation in the program; public transportation scholarships available.

Sessions (Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm)

Fall Sessions: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Dec. 4 Spring Sessions: Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, and Feb. 19 ** Participants must be able to attend all sessions; any who will miss more than 2 sessions will not be eligible for the stipend.

The New Orleans Youth Fellowship is made possible through a generous gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Turn in completed applications to 4240 Canal Street no later than September 3, 2010 by 5 pm (postmarks not accepted). Questions: contact Eric Jensen at (504) 304-9591 ext. 32. Additional applications can be downloaded at www.gnoafterschool.org.


Youth Leadership Fellowship Application APPLICANT INFORMATION I. Name Last

First

Middle Initial

II. Address Street Address

III. Home Phone

City/State/Zip Code

( )

( )

Cell Phone

IV. Email Address V. School Attending (if applicable)

VI. Grade level (if currently in school)

VII. Birth Date

EMERGENCY CONTACT I. Name Last

First

Middle Initial

II. Relationship III. Daytime Phone

( )

Cell Phone

( )

IV. Email Address

REFERENCES* Name

Relationship

Phone

Email

1. 2. 3.

* A reference can be anyone besides a family member. Examples include: principal, teacher, counselor, employer, mentor, tutor, afterschool program/camp, coach, church member, community leader, extra-curricular instructor. Applicant Agreement I guarantee that all of the answers given are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that if selected, I am required to attend all sessions and to participate in all activities.

_____________________________________ Printed Name of applicant

___________________________ ____ Signature Date

Parent/Guardian Permission (if under the age of 18) By signing below I, as the parent/guardian of the applicant, give permission to participate in this program. I understand that participation in this program requires regular attendance each month. _____________________________________ Printed Name of Parent/Guardian

___________________________ ____ Signature Date


Youth Leadership Fellowship Application

Short Answer Questions (3)_ Please answer each of the following questions on separate sheets of paper to the best of your ability. (typed is strongly preferred) Each short answer should have your name at the top and be no more than 300 words. Remember to attach all three answers to the essay with the rest of the application.

Short Answer Question #1: Leadership Discuss your leadership ability and/or potential. Explain why you feel you are qualified to participate in this Youth Leadership Fellowship.

Essay Question #2: Community What would you change about the community you live in? Do you think it is important for youth to be involved in this change? If so, why?

Essay Question #3: The Future Read the following quote below. What do you think this quote means? How could this quote inspire a change in the City of New Orleans? "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society's margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies." -- Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary General

*Remember to attach each answer to the rest of the application


Applicant Name: ____________________

Reference #1 Please complete the following questionnaire about the applicant. When finished, place this reference questionnaire in a sealed envelope and give back to the applicant for submission.

To be completed by the Reference Name

Position

Phone

Email

1.

The above-named young person is an aspirant for the Youth Leadership Fellowship in New Orleans. The goal of the program is to develop the critical thinking, writing, speaking and overall leadership skills of area youth who are committed to answering the question, “How do we create a Youth-Friendly New Orleans?” Youth Fellows will have the opportunity to use policy and advocacy skills as they meet with local elected officials and community leaders. 1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? 2. What do you consider to be the applicant’s primary talents or strengths?

3. Please describe one situation when you observed the applicant in a leadership role?

4. Please comment on why you think the applicant is a strong candidate for the program, or reasons why you thinks s/he may benefit from the program.

5. Please rate your perception of the applicant’s skills in the following areas:

POINTS 1.

Responsibility

2.

Initiative

3.

Leadership

4.

Maturity

5.

Ability to Work With Others

6.

Concern for Others

7.

Communication Skills

8.

Interest in Community Affairs

9.

Persistence and Drive Subtotal (score from each column) Total Score

Outstanding (3 points)

Good (2 points)

A verage (1 point)

Needs Improvement (0 points)


Applicant Name: ____________________

Reference #2 Please complete the following questionnaire about the applicant. When finished, place this reference questionnaire in a sealed envelope and give back to the applicant for submission.

To be completed by the Reference Name

Position

Phone

Email

2.

The above-named young person is an aspirant for the Youth Leadership Fellowship in New Orleans. The goal of the program is to develop the critical thinking, writing, speaking and overall leadership skills of area youth who are committed to answering the question, “How do we create a Youth-Friendly New Orleans?” Youth Fellows will have the opportunity to use policy and advocacy skills as they meet with local elected officials and community leaders. 6. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? 7. What do you consider to be the applicant’s primary talents or strengths?

8. Please describe one situation when you observed the applicant in a leadership role?

9. Please comment on why you think the applicant is a strong candidate for the program, or reasons why you thinks s/he may benefit from the program.

10. Please rate your perception of the applicant’s skills in the following areas:

POINTS 10. Responsibility 11. Initiative 12. Leadership 13. Maturity 14. Ability to Work With Others 15. Concern for Others 16. Communication Skills 17. Interest in Community Affairs 18. Persistence and Drive Subtotal (score from each column) Total Score

Outstanding (3 points)

Good (2 points)

A verage (1 point)

Needs Improvement (0 points)


Applicant Name: ____________________

Reference #3 Please complete the following questionnaire about the applicant. When finished, place this reference questionnaire in a sealed envelope and give back to the applicant for submission.

To be completed by the Reference Name

Position

Phone

Email

3.

The above-named young person is an aspirant for the Youth Leadership Fellowship in New Orleans. The goal of the program is to develop the critical thinking, writing, speaking and overall leadership skills of area youth who are committed to answering the question, “How do we create a Youth-Friendly New Orleans?” Youth Fellows will have the opportunity to use policy and advocacy skills as they meet with local elected officials and community leaders. 11. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? 12. What do you consider to be the applicant’s primary talents or strengths?

13. Please describe one situation when you observed the applicant in a leadership role?

14. Please comment on why you think the applicant is a strong candidate for the program, or reasons why you thinks s/he may benefit from the program.

15. Please rate your perception of the applicant’s skills in the following areas:

POINTS 19. Responsibility 20. Initiative 21. Leadership 22. Maturity 23. Ability to Work With Others 24. Concern for Others 25. Communication Skills 26. Interest in Community Affairs 27. Persistence and Drive Subtotal (score from each column) Total Score

Outstanding (3 points)

Good (2 points)

A verage (1 point)

Needs Improvement (0 points)


Youth Leadership Fellowship Application

Youth Leadership Fellowship Application Checklist_

All pages of the application are complete and have applicant’s name on it. If your application is INCOMPLETE, it may not be considered for eligibility. All three (3) short answer questions have been completed, have the applicant’s name on each page, and are attached. All three (3) references forms have been completed, returned in a sealed envelope, and are included.

REMEMBER: Application Deadline: Friday, September 3 Mail, hand-deliver, or fax your application to the following address:

GNO Afterschool Partnership 4240 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70119 Fax: 504-304 9768 (attn: Youth Fellowship) (Please place application in the mail slot during office after-hours)

For questions regarding the application or the fellowship, please email or call Eric Jensen at ejensen@gnoafterschool.org or 504-304-9591 ext.32

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