What is the ELLA Fellowship?

The ELLA Fellowship offers young women and gender-expansive youth 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 people’s understanding of leadership, to deepen their program management skills, and to enhance their 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.


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 based in New York City or New Jersey (but no farther than 2 hours away from NYC)

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

  • 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. You can reach us at ella@sadienash.org.


How do you apply?

We hope you consider applying to ELLA! The application cycle for ELLA is now CLOSED. Please fill out our interest form below for next year.

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