The rate of underemployed college graduates is rising, while the rate of college graduates in jobs with growth opportunity is decreasing. 

 
 

We work against this by placing fellows with youth-oriented nonprofits for 6-12 weeks during which, they gain substantial social sector work experience at a living-wage. We aim for our fellows to obtain a job post-fellowship where they can thrive, network, and grow as future leaders.

 
 
full time work

During the fellowship, fellows work full-time, on-site with the partner organization to implement and evaluate a substantial project.

network

Throughout a term, the cohort of fellows interacts with one another daily to exchange resources, bring suggestions, and share work with their peers.

 
 
fundraise

Fellows commit to fundraise $500 to help cover the expenses of the project they work on with the partner organization (with FLIA staff guidance).

All fellows participate in a professional and leadership development retreat that provide tools and resources for success in the fellowship and beyond.

 
 
I’ve been allowed to succeed and to struggle, to be creative, to make new friends and connections, and to make myself more prepared for my future as someone doing social good.
— Emma Dellopoulos, Fall 2016 Fellow
 

We believe in the power of established, community nonprofits.

 
 

That's why we leverage FLIA fellows to help our youth-oriented nonprofit partners. A partner identifies a program area that needs assistance, which the fellow focuses on strengthening throughout their fellowship.

 
 
We are now able to effectively implement our service learning program with ideas and recommendations from the work that [the fellow] has done.
— Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa, Summer 2016
Without our fellow, the organization would not have had the resources to effectively implement the Healthy Lifestyles project she was working on and would probably had to have passed on the opportunity.
— Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, Fall 2016
 
 

FLIA works to support programs for underserved youth.

 
 

Our fellows' projects focus on one of three areas of youth programming: Advancing Skills for Success, Promoting Public Health, and Protecting the Environment.

 

 60 

youth impacted

Executed: F'16

The fellow worked to redevelop a school-based mentoring program into a community-based model that will adapt practices to reach youth with different sets of needs.

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est. 104-124

youth impacted

Executed: S'15, S'16

Fellows have facilitated a wide variety of STEM lessons. Fellows also piloted a garden program which incorporated nutrition & finance. Fellows have also coordinated the ZooSnooze, an overnight enrichment trip where youth who would not normally visit the zoo are able to experience it.

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 1,267+ 

youth impacted

Executed: S'15, S'16

Fellows have worked within existing programs as well as developed new service programs, led related staff trainings, and helped implement evaluation tools to measure impact.

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est. 1,107

youth impacted

Executed: S'15, S'16, F'16

Fellows have facilitated nutrition & fitness activities as well as spent time researching, evaluating, and categorizing youth programs that incorporate physical fitness. Fellows also worked to coordinate an annual adventure course  event, Kids Adventure Games.

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 190 

youth impacted

Executed: F'16

The fellow was responsible for planning and facilitating a series of family engagement workshops that work to address community issues.

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