AUBURN – Northeast Nebraska organizations are seeking to host ‘Fellows’ in their communities that candidates can apply to serve with during the 2022 Lead for Nebraska (LFNE).
According to a release, the national nonprofit Lead for America (LFA) announced in March their 2022 Fellowship application for Nebraska.
Selected AmeriCorps Fellows will address Nebraska’s most pressing challenges at the local level and join a national cohort of other leaders committed to supporting the communities they call home. The Fellowship application closes on April 15, 2022.
Northeast Nebraska Fellows in their communities that candidates can apply to serve with included Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District and Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (Norfolk) who are looking for an Economic Development Fellow as well as Pierce County Economic Development Group (Pierce County) who is also looking for an Economic Development Fellow.
Lead For America is a national service program building the next generation of leaders for our country, starting in American communities across all 50 states. All Fellows serve in a paid, full-time service AmeriCorps Fellowship alongside a local leader in their hometown or home state for one year, before advancing into positions of community, state and national leadership. Since 2018, LFA has placed over 215 Fellows across 35 states, including five Nebraska Fellows that started in 2021. Past Nebraska Fellows have served to address the state’s most pressing challenges, from rural broadband to public health and economic development in communities like Humboldt, Auburn and Lincoln.
Joe Nail, CEO and co-founder of Lead For America said “our country has rarely been more divided than it is today and from public health to the economy and foreign affairs, America is facing significant challenges. But at times of dysfunction on a national level, reform and renewal has often arisen from the local level and a new generation of leadership. Lead For America aims to build a leadership force of our nation’s most outstanding young leaders, committed to serving the places they call home and stitching our country back together by building bridges across lines of difference. We believe that there is common ground, mutual respect, and even friendship to be found through shared commitment to place and to national service.”
As a part of their Fellowship experience, Fellows serve full-time with a local Nebraska nonprofit or government entity – city or county level – to address a critical community challenge alongside the mentorship of a local leader. Fellows also take part in a premier training program throughout the Fellowship. They begin their journey with Lead For America’s 12-day Summer Institute in Washington DC where they learn about American history, the most significant challenges facing our country today, how to build relationships across lines of difference and how to be an effective local leader in the community they call home. Fellows continue this training with trips to LFA’s headquarters in Kansas and visiting other Fellows in their home communities.
During their Fellowship, Fellows take time to learn from residents about the challenges and opportunities in their community and are tasked with creating a project to address one of their learnings. Overall, the Fellowship serves as a launching pad for a lifetime of leadership and service to country and community.
Lead for Nebraska Executive Director Brent Comstock added, “our Lead for Nebraska AmeriCorps Fellows are playing a critical role in building capacity for rural communities in Nebraska. Current AmeriCorps Fellows are tackling challenges in everything from digital literacy, connecting rural communities with broadband internet expansion to unserved and underserved areas, to public health disparities and COVID-19 response. To date, our AmeriCorps Fellows have impacted residents across the state and we are excited to continue this monumental movement with our new cohort who will continue to empower rural development statewide.”
Lead For Nebraska AmeriCorps Fellows will tackle critical challenges facing the state, like rural economic development, broadband expansion and public health, from Cambridge and Holdrege to Lincoln.
The following organizations will host Fellows in their communities that candidates can apply to serve with:
- Cambridge Economic Development Board (Cambridge) is looking for an Economic Development Fellow
- South Central Economic Development District (Holdrege) is looking for a Community Development Fellow
- Nebraska Hospital Association (Lincoln) is looking for a Health Data Fellow
- Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District and Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (Norfolk) are looking for an Economic Development Fellow
- Valley County Health Systems (Ord) is looking for a Community Outreach Fellow
- Pierce County Economic Development Group (Pierce County) is looking for an Economic Development Fellow
- Ravenna Economic Development Board and Chamber (Ravenna) are looking for an Economic Development Fellow
The Fellowship application closes on April 15, 2022. Fellows will begin their one-year commitment to service in August, 2022 and finish in July, 2023. After graduating, Fellows will continue to be a part of Lead For America’s network of local, state, and national leaders.
To learn more about Lead For America, visit its website at: www.leadforamerica.org
To apply to the 2022 Fellowship, visit the application page at: leadforamerica.pinpointhq.com/en