If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.—Marian Wright Edelman
Founder of Children Defense Fund
Conexión Américas and the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition are excited to launch the inaugural cohort of Generation Lead, a 10-month program for young emerging leaders in Nashville.
Generation Lead consists of 10–12 current college students who are ready for the next step in their leadership journey. Through this program, Generation Leaders will expand their sense of identity, deepen their social and civic awareness and learn to amplify their voice through 4 guiding principles:
- Build a peer network of first generation emerging leaders
- Participate in training and workshops facilitated by experts in nonprofit management, advocacy, leadership and other relevant fields
- Contribute their voice to further the mission and efforts of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition and Conexión Américas
- Receive one-on-one sponsorship and mentorship to reach goals
- Complete a short-term social action project that addresses an issue that matters to them
- Reflect on their leadership journey
- Engage with community leaders to expand their networks
- are first-generation college juniors, seniors or students in their last year of study starting in the Fall 2018
- and are from diverse academic disciplines and attend a two- or four-year institution in the Nashville area,
Columbia State Community College
Middle Tennessee State University
Motlow Community College
Nashville State Community College
Tennessee State University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Volunteer State Community College
- value equity, diversity, and inclusivity
- are ready to be challenged beyond their comfort zone to deepen their leadership potential
For the purpose of this program, we consider someone a “first-generation college student” if neither parent/guardian has completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States.
If you are not sure whether you fit this description, please feel free to apply and make sure to articulate how Generation Lead would uniquely impact your leadership journey.
Generation leaders are committed to taking their leadership to the next level. They are are ready to deepen their understanding of themselves and are eager to find innovative approaches to address complicated systems.
Generation Leaders are exemplary representatives of Conexión Américas and the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition in the community. As such, Leaders must see this program as one of their top priorities. From August 2018 to May 2019, they will spend 8 to 10 hours per month attending group sessions, mentor meetings, and forums or convenings where their voice will be needed and valued.
Participation will be without cost to Generation Leaders. They will receive a modest stipend at the completion of their Generation Lead experience.
Due date for applications
Friday, May 11, 2018 11:59 PM CST
Due date for nominations
Friday, May 4, 2018 11:59 PM CST
Weeks of May 28th and June 4th
Notification of Selection
Monday, June 25, 2018 by 5 p.m. CST
Friday, August 3rd to Sunday, August 5th
The retreat dates above are not included in the 8 to 10 hour commitment required per month during the 10 month period.
Consistent email access is required during the application process.