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Why I Became A
Surge Fellow

2023 Las Vegas
Fellowship Application


Latinx Mixer
June 29, 2023


Office Hour #1
August 8, 2023


Office Hour #2
August 10, 2023


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.


Happy Hour & Fireside Chat
July 13, 2023


Fellow & Alumni-Led Mixer
August 3, 2023


2024 Surge Academy Applications Open
May 11, 2023

 2024 Surge Academy Application Deadline
August 11, 2023

2024 Cohort Selection Days 
September 11-13, 2023

2024 Cohort Announcement
October 10

2024 Welcome Mixer
November 2, 2023

Disclaimer: Our intended audience for our virtual gatherings are African-American and Latinx leaders in the Las Vegas education and youth-serving space.


Session 1 & Opening Retreat
November 2-4, 2023

Session 2
December 1, 2023

Session 3
January 11, 2024

Session 4
February 8-10, 2024

Session 5
March 8, 2024

Session 6
April 5, 2024

Session 7 & Closing
Retreat and Graduation

May 2-4, 2024

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.

Based on the public health declaration on May 11, 2023 and the decline in COVID-19 cases across the country, Surge no longer requires masking and pre-attendance COVID testing to attend and fully participate in Surge Institute events. We encourage any community members who choose to continue wearing a mask for their safety to do so. We politely request that everyone respect the preferences and desires of others regarding their own behavior. Our priority is the well-being and safety of our people.


  • Las Vegas-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.

If you have specific questions, contact Surge at academy@surgeinstitute.org.