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Growing Home Fellowship (Appalachian Ohio: $32,000 Stipend)

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has opened its application for the Growing Home Fellowship! This program recognizes the transformative power of individuals serving K-12 students while investing in their capacity to be generational leaders for the region. The Growing Home Fellowship will support 120 fellows, ages 18-35, working with the K-12 population who agree to live, work, and volunteer in Appalachian Ohio for a five-year period. Fellows will participate in a leadership development cohort focused on regional, local, or sector-based servant leadership and will receive a $32,000 stipend over five years.

Fellows agree to live, work, and volunteer through a meaningful leadership development program in Appalachian Ohio for a five-year period. Within each leadership cohort, fellows will be supported in developing their own outcomes-based leadership role. Foundation for Appalachian Ohio will work with fellows to define activities, outputs, and outcomes for the scope of these roles, seeking to ignite change and inspire possibility in our communities.

Fellows will participate in one of the following leadership cohorts:

  1. Regional Leadership through FAO’s I’m A Child of Appalachia® Fund: to enhance the regional community by supporting grant and scholarship programs, capacity-building initiatives, events, and partnerships. In this cohort, fellows will work with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to expand and grow regional opportunities.
  2. Local Community Development: to enhance the local community by volunteering for and collaborating with local community foundations and/or other community-service organizations. In this cohort, fellows will partner with existing community foundations or community-service organizations to help drive local priorities while gaining leadership skills.
  3. Sector-Based Programming Initiatives: to enhance the education sector in a significantly expanded way and/or leverage educational expertise to strengthen the broader community. In this cohort, fellows will have creativity and flexibility in designing or furthering a leadership service project related to a special interest or area of expertise.

In addition to their leadership cohort roles, each fellow will be expected to attend and participate in no more than 10 program convenings and summits over the five years of the pilot program period. Additionally, Fellows will be invited to join and participate in FAO events at their convenience over the course of the fellowship.

To be eligible for this fellowship, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant is 18-35 years old (as of December 31, 2022). If the applicant is currently completing post-secondary education and does not currently hold a full-time position serving K-12 students, they must graduate on or before June 2023 to be eligible.
  2. Applicant resides within one of the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio, has recently moved, OR will be moving to the region for employment.
  3. Applicant serves the K-12 population. This includes but is not limited to educators, intervention specialists, guidance counselors, school psychologists, school outreach workers, paraprofessionals, and school nurses. Please email with questions on eligible K-12 professions.
  4. Applicant has a passion for developing their leadership skills and for Appalachian Ohio.

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