2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellows Opportunities

The Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship provides hands-on experience for early career professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, or advocacy.  Fellows work collaboratively with a host organization to execute a project that simultaneously advances the mission of the organization and provides the Fellow with the opportunity to gain new skills, leadership, and experience.  This full-time, two-year Fellowship provides salary, benefits, and a stipend for professional development.

See below for details on the five 2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellowship projects:  

Please note that the application deadlines for this cycle have passed. We're pleased to welcome our 2017-2019 Emerging Leader Fellows, which you can find here.


Leveraging Civil Legal Services to Fight Youth Homelessness


Fellowship Focus: The Fellow will work to improve access to civil legal services for homeless young people by directly representing these youth, working closely with Community Legal Services’ Youth Justice Project, advocating for policy change, and developing new legal practice tools.

Candidate Qualifications: Candidates must have completed a JD or LLM between 2014 and 2017; have experience working with homeless and/or system-involved youth; and possess an understanding of trauma, adolescent brain development, racial equity, and homelessness issues.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 20, 2016


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Reducing Education Barriers for LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming Youth


Fellowship Focus: The Fellow will work to promote policy and practice changes focused on decreasing exclusionary discipline, reducing discrimination, and removing educational barriers that disproportionately affect LGBT and gender non-conforming youth in Greater Philadelphia schools.

Candidate Qualifications: Candidates must have completed a JD or LLM between 2014 and 2017; and have experience working with LGBT and gender non-conforming youth, a commitment to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and an understanding of barriers impacting the educational success of these young people (including the role of racism, transphobia, and homophobia).

Application Deadline: Friday, December 30, 2016


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Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Through Higher Education

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Fellowship Focus: The Fellow will work to increase the supports available to youth aging out of foster care at Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities through conducting research, working directly with higher education institutions, and developing a statewide directory of higher education services for foster youth.

Candidate Qualifications: Candidates must have earned an MSW or other related degree between 2014 and 2017; and understand issues facing older foster youth, enjoy teaching and training, have robust organizational skills, and demonstrate strong leadership potential.

Application Deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2016


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Improving Post-Secondary Outcomes for Opportunity Youth

Fellowship Focus: The Fellow will advance policy and practice reforms designed to increase post-secondary access for Philadelphia's opportunity youth (16-24 year-olds who are neither in school nor working).

Candidate Qualifications: Candidates must have completed a master's degree (in public policy, social work, education or a related field) between 2014 and 2017; and have an interest in program expansion, education policy, vulnerable youth, and post-secondary access.

Application Deadline: Extended to Monday, January 2, 2017

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Coalition Building to Address Youth Homelessness


Fellowship Focus: The Fellow will establish two aligned coalitions – one made up of young people who have experienced homelessness and another comprised of youth-serving agencies – that will advocate for improved policies and generate new resources to address youth homelessness in Philadelphia.

Candidate Qualifications: The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a youth-related field, though a master’s degree is preferred (the candidate’s highest degree must have been awarded between 2014 and 2017).  The candidate must also have experience in coalition building, youth development, and leadership development.
Application Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017
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