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Community Youth Fellowships open to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Community Youth Fellowships open to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange, in partnership with the Human Rights Initiative, is looking for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to apply for Community Youth Fellowships. The fellowships come with an award of up to $60,000 for full-time, 18-month projects (prorated for part-time or 12-month projects).

The Community Youth Fellowships will support activists aged 18 to 25 who want to complete a project they have created that advances human rights anywhere in the United States. This opportunity is specifically for young persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The young adult should have a connection to their community and want to make a change for the better in it. The projects could include things like criminal justice, using non-disability-specific community resources, workers’ rights, employment, education, health, housing, or immigration, among other subject areas.

Through these fellowships, the Open Society Foundations aim is to help young people beginning their work with the support they need to develop great ideas that help to create a community where everyone is included. Applicants can use a variety of actions to get their work done. They can bring together other people (grassroots organizing), create education tools like PowerPoints and hold classes or meetings for people to learn about their work, record a video, or podcasts to share their message. In addition the project should include advocacy, and coalition building.

For further information about eligibility, guidelines, the selection/notification cycle and a link to the online form to apply. go the the Open Society Youth Exchange Fellowships website. Once registered, applications may proceed to the application itself and upload a resume or bio (no more than two pages) and a letter of intent structured to the template found online. Letters of intent are due April 21.