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Why I Became A
Surge Fellow

2025 Philadelphia
Fellowship Application

VIRTUAL
EVENTS

Virtual Lunch & Learn: Surge Academy Informational Session!

June 26th | 12-1pm | RSVP Here

IN-PERSON EVENTS

Ignite & Inspire: Alumni & Community Leader Roundtable Discussion

June 20th | 5:30-7:30pm | RSVP Here

APPLICATION &
SELECTION DATES

Application Opens: May 1, 2024

Applicant Office Hours:
June 11, 12-1pm ET (Zoom Link)
July 22, 12-1pm ET (Zoom Link)

Application Closes: July 26, 2024

Selection Days: September 16-18, 2024

Cohort Announcement: Coming soon. 

Welcome Mixer: Coming soon. 

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

SURGE PHILADELPHIA 2025 ACADEMY SESSION DATES

Session 1 & Opening Retreat
October 24-26, 2024

Session 2:
November 15, 2024

Session 3:
December 20, 2024

Session 4:
January 23 -25, 2025

Session 5:
February 21, 2025

Session 6 & Closing Retreat and Graduation:

March 20 -22, 2025

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 in-person sessions). Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.

CANDIDATE
CRITERIA

  • Philadelphia-based African-American or Latinx leader
  • 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

FELLOWSHIP
EXPECTATIONS

  • 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!

APPLICATION
REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.