What is the ELLA Fellowship?

The ELLA Fellowship offers young women in-depth project development and leadership training while they design and implement a meaningful and ambitious social justice-based project to address a need they have identified in their own community. 

Throughout the nine-month fellowship, each Fellow receives specialized and professionally guided monthly retreats, a budget for project implementation, and the full support of the SNLP community throughout the program. The goals are to expand young women’s understanding of leadership, to deepen their program management skills, and to enhance young women’s confidence, resourcefulness, and creativity, as well as their potential for effective community leadership. ELLA is named for social activist, Ella Baker, and stands for Engage, Learn, Lead and Act. It is also means “she” in Spanish. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort!


Who should apply?

  • 16 and 22 year old self-identified young woman  at time of application
  • Have at least 2 years of prior leadership experience
  • Commit to attending ALL monthly retreats in New York City from October to June
  • Identify a mentor to support your community-based work
  • Be a self-motivated, passionate, and committed individual that wants to make change in your community
  • Have a good understanding of a social justice issue affecting your community
  • Desire to develop leadership skills 


How do you apply?

We hope you consider applying to ELLA! The application cycle for ELLA is currently open! If you would like to learn more about the program or would like feedback on a project you are thinking about, please reach out at ella@sadienash.org.

Please read this application guide before applying.

Apply now!