Young Leaders of Today Civic Fellow Program

The Young Leaders of Today CivicFellow Program furthers the Young Leaders of Today’s goal of empowering the next generation of leaders by developing leadership, communication, problem solving, and decision making skills, giving students an entry point into politics and connecting students with community leaders.


  • To have an increased awareness of our community needs, opportunities, problems and resources for fellows.
  • Allow students to gain experience in politics and make connections with community leaders, innovators, and elected officials.
  • Connect with like-minded students to build and develop leadership, communication, problem solving, and decision making skills
  • Develop the next generation of activists, advocacates, politicians and community leaders.


Part I

Students will go through a series of workshops where the will better understand government, community outreach, politics, and advocacy. 

Part II

The fellow will complete a two month internship with an elected official or campaign. During this time, fellows will debrief over lunch once a week about their experience in the respective office as well as the events they attended.

Part III

The fellows will work together to address one issue that is impacting youth in Jacksonville, that process will include developing a plan of action, meeting with key stakeholders, and taking action 

Program Meetings 

Program Kickoff (March)

Development Workshops (March - May)

Internship (June - July)

Advocacy Work (July - October) 

Closing Reception (November)

Application Requirements

All applicants must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school and members of the Young Leaders of Today.  A selection committee will review all applications and will invite selected candidates for an in-person interview. From that group, Fellowship participants will be chosen.