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Our in-person events are spaces where potential applicants can connect with our team and community to learn more about the application process and ask any questions related to the Fellowship program and Surge Institute.
Disclaimer: Our intended audience for our virtual gatherings are African-American and Latinx leaders in the Detroit education and youth-serving space.
SURGE DETROIT 2024 ACADEMY SESSION DATES
The fellowship cohort participates in monthly full-day sessions: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (virtual sessions) and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (in-person sessions). Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.
- Detroit-based African-American or Latinx leader roughly between the ages of 28 to 40
- Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
- Minimum of six years of work experience
- Employed in education or youth-serving role (district, charter, public policy, philanthropy or advocacy/non profit) at the initiation of and for the duration of the fellowship
- Passion for positively impacting the lives of young people and their communities
- Attend all sessions
- Complete all requisite pre work before sessions (approximately 5-10 hours per month)
- Get your supervisor’s support
- Show up for yourself!
- Completed application, including a résumé and responses to four essay questions
- Two recommendation surveys: one must be from current supervisor
- Memorandum of Understanding signed by applicant and employer
Surge Fellows leave this experience having enhanced their competency in both technical and adaptive leadership skills, including relationship management, problem-solving, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, anti-racist design, and project planning, management and execution. Surge Fellows also gain a deeper understanding of the sociopolitical and economic context, history and structure of public education. And, importantly, Surge Fellows rediscover themselves, their power and their dreams, and become a part of a community of leaders who see, support and affirm each other.