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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.
Hear First-Hand Experiences from 2023 Alum
June 15, 2023
Alumni-Led Surge Sneak Peek
July 13, 2023
May 5, 2023
2024 Surge Academy Applications Open
July 21, 2023
2024 Surge Academy Application Deadline
August 21-23, 2023
2024 Cohort Selection Days
September 12, 2023
2024 Cohort Announcement
October 12, 2023
2024 Welcome Mixer
Disclaimer: Our intended audience for our virtual gatherings are African-American and Latinx leaders in the Philadelphia education and youth-serving space.
SURGE PHILADELPHIA 2024 ACADEMY SESSION DATES
Session 1 & Opening Retreat
October 12-14, 2023
November 17, 2023
December 15, 2024
January 18-19, 2024
February 9, 2024
March 15, 2024
Session 7 & Closing Retreat and Graduation:
April 18-20, 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 in-person sessions). Fellows are expected to attend all retreats and monthly sessions.
- Philadelphia-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.
Philadelphia Academy Leadership
A proud Afro-Latina from California, Janeen is also an avid reader, loves tv, and finds that laughter and community make the world go round. She resides on the South Side of Chicago with her children (Xiomara, Stokely) and husband (Akili). Janeen received a B.A. in African American Studies and Sociology from UCLA and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Michigan. Janeen firmly believes that for youth and adults alike, “education is releasing what is already within” and actively leads with the love for the “babies” in all she does.