Please read the following before beginning the application process to host a fellow. Interested agencies must submit our Letter of Intent form by Friday, October 24th.
What to Know Before Creating a Fellowship Project
• Philly Fellows partners with AmeriCorps*VISTA to create each fellowship project. All projects are bound by the terms and conditions of VISTA in addition to Philly Fellows’ policies.
• Fellows serve at their host agencies for one year in a full-time role (forty hours/week). Most host agencies are able to reapply for a new fellow for up to three years on a continuing project.
• All projects should be organized around a capacity-building goal for the host agency. Direct service should not be the focus of the project. As an example, a suitable role for a fellow could be designing and implementing a new after-school tutoring program, but working directly with the students in the primary role of a tutor would not fit within these guidelines. Generally our capacity-building projects either help the organization launch an all-new program, reach more constituents, or enable them to improve the services they already offer.
• This new capacity must be sustainable for your organization. The end-results of the project should continue to benefit your agency and constituents after fellows are no longer placed with you. Agencies should not rely on fellows as a long-term staffing solution.
• All projects must have a focus and an end result that contributes to eliminating conditions of poverty. The key objectives recently identified by our partners at AmeriCorps*VISTA are: creating economic opportunities for low-income Americans (including financial literacy, housing, and employment), improving education (including school readiness, K-12 success, and post-secondary success), ensuring healthy futures for Americans (including access to care and anti-obesity and food security initiatives), and increasing opportunities for veterans and military families.
• When designing fellowships, it is best to conceive of them as distinct projects. So rather than creating a position that gives you extra manpower in one of your departments, your agency would be more likely to be matched with a fellow if you were to present a project that focused on a specific goal or initiative that is distinct from the day-to-day work of that department or your agency.
• The work of the fellow should directly lead to measurable and reportable outcomes related to the anti-poverty goals stated above.
• Project locations must be within the City of Philadelphia.
• Fellows should not serve in roles in which they are replacing an existing employee.
• Fellows may not be involved in any of the following activities as part of their projects: direct political advocacy or lobbying, proselytizing or other direct religious activity, pro- or anti-organized-labor activities, and voter registration or voter-turnout initiatives. If your agency engages in these activities, the fellow’s work must be separated from them.
• We generally have a competitive process when it comes to recruiting new host agencies. When selecting agencies to become part of the fellowship, our two most important criteria are:
Letter of Intent
The Philly Fellows Letter of Intent is a brief form that helps Philly Fellows staff determine whether prospective agencies align with the priorities and mission of Philly Fellows as well as AmeriCorps*VISTA.
After these come in, selected agencies will be invited to submit a full application, providing more detailed information about the structure and goals of their project, including plans to measure the fellow's impact.
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