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

Are you a Generation Leader?

Applications Due Friday, May 11, 2018 11:59 PM CST 

If you are a col­lege stu­dent ready to take your lead­er­ship skills to the next lev­el, we want to hear from you. For ques­tions about the pro­gram or help with your appli­ca­tion, email us at genlead@conexionamericas.org.

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:


  1. Build a peer net­work of first gen­er­a­tion emerg­ing lead­ers
  2. Par­tic­i­pate in train­ing and work­shops facil­i­tat­ed by experts in non­prof­it man­age­ment, advo­ca­cy, lead­er­ship and oth­er rel­e­vant fields
  3. Con­tribute their voice to fur­ther the mis­sion and efforts of the Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion and Conex­ión Améri­c­as
  4. Receive one-on-one spon­sor­ship and men­tor­ship to reach goals
  5. Com­plete a short-term social action project that address­es an issue that mat­ters to them
  6. Reflect on their lead­er­ship jour­ney
  7. Engage with com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers to expand their net­works

Gen­er­a­tion Lead­ers…

  • 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,

    Bel­mont Uni­ver­si­ty
    Columbia State Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Cum­ber­land Uni­ver­si­ty
    Fisk Uni­ver­si­ty
    Lip­scomb Uni­ver­si­ty
    Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
    Mot­low Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Nashville State Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege
    Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty
    Trevec­ca Nazarene Uni­ver­si­ty
    Van­der­bilt 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.

Impor­tant Dates

Due date for appli­ca­tions
Fri­day, May 11, 2018 11:59 PM CST

Due date for nom­i­na­tions
Fri­day, May 4, 2018 11:59 PM CST

Final­ist Inter­views
Weeks of May 28th and June 4th

Noti­fi­ca­tion of Selec­tion
Mon­day, June 25, 2018 by 5 p.m. CST

Open­ing Retreat
Fri­day, August 3rd to Sun­day, August 5th 

Clos­ing Retreat
May 2019

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.