The program offers an intensive cohort-based opportunity for students to learn new skills and advance a project with support, feedback and coaching from peers, members of the Leadership Initiative team, professionals in their field and their individual networks.
The program coaches fellows through four consecutive project phases:
Below are details about the objectives of workshops, group mentoring and individual coaching.
We strongly encourage you to review the program’s required dates, times and descriptions of workshops and other program offerings.
During the fall semester, fellows participate in workshops designed to help them develop and pitch a project proposal to a team of judges who would select projects ready to receive funding and advance to the implementation phase. During the spring semester, the program offers workshops that help fellows implement a test component of their project, evaluate and debrief results and prepare for a final presentation of their work. Workshops may include a guest speaker whose expertise resonates with a given phase of the program. Workshop topics may include:
During labs, fellows will get the opportunity to evaluate progress on their project, share challenges and refine goals. They will also receive feedback and support to stay on track with key program deadlines.
Fellows will be paired with a coach with expertise in their issue area who will help them evaluate progress and resolve challenges during the project development and implementation phases of the program.