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. 


Who should apply?

In order to be eligible, you must:

  • Identify as a young woman or gender-expansive* youth between the ages of 16 and 22

  • Be within the tri-state area and/or no farther than 2 hours away

  • Be self-motivated, passionate, and committed to make change in your community

  • Have at least 2 years of prior leadership experience

  • Commit to attending all monthly retreats in New York City from October to June

  • Commit to participating in monthly virtual check-in calls

  • Have an interest in curriculum design and workshop facilitation

  • Have a good understanding of a social justice issue affecting your community

  • Identify a mentor to support your community-based work

  • Desire to develop leadership skills and increase your self confidence

If you are unsure as to whether you meet the above requirements please ask us! We are happy to address any concerns you might have.


How do you apply?

We hope you consider applying to ELLA! The application cycle for ELLA will open in August. Fill out the form below if you’re interested in applying for the next cycle:

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