The Youth Changemaker Fellowship is a 12-14 month fellowship for college students who desire to inspire positive change in the world from the inside-out, by first bringing about change in their own self.
The Fellowship has 3 phases:
A full-time, in-person 6-week Summer Session 1 in New York, NY, from July 6 - August 12. Participants' housing and a limited food plan will be covered by the Mentora Foundation. An additional stipend of $1,500 will also be provided.
- There will be 9 hours of formal activities Monday-Friday during these 6 weeks. 4 hours will be dedicated to classroom learning and practice, 4 hours to a change project, and 1 hour to small group discussions and personal assignments. There will also be recreational community events.
- Fellows will have two short assignments every week, plus a presentation to be done in Week 6 on their plan for their Change Project.
Limited, but important, commitment of 4-5 hours/week during the 9 months of the academic year. A stipend of $2,500 will be paid for participation during the school year.
- Weekly commitments will include 15-min of daily introspection, weekly learning circle meetings, biweekly coaching conversations, and monthly virtual Fellowship get togethers.
- Fellows will have 1 presentation to do in early Spring on the evolution of their Change Project.
An optional, full-time, in-person 6-week Summer Session II (in a location to be announced). Participants will get free room and a food plan and a limited additional stipend for the 6 weeks, for a total investment of around $5,000 per participant.
- Summer Session II will follow a schedule similar to Summer Session I.
- Fellows will have one interim presentation to do on their Change Project in Week 2, and a final capstone presentation in Week 6 to share their progress, early impact, key lessons learned and future change vision.
The Fellowship is strongly weighted toward self-reflection, practice, experimentation, and peer-support – with the goal of habit formation, safe experimentation and generating proof-points of early success in one’s inner and outer changemaking work. It involves two components: Training and a Change Project.
- The Inner Mastery curriculum helps you bring out the best in yourself by learning to operate from your Inner Core – the space of highest potential within you. At your Core, you are:
- Committed to a noble purpose and a set of guiding principles
- Calm and open to embracing the truth in whatever form it comes
- Connected with people, humanity and nature
- Curious and open to new learnings and growth
- Centered in your tranquil and joyful spirit within
- The Outer Impact curriculum consists of 25 Actions through which you can bring out the best in others, by helping them operate from their Inner Core.
- The I|O Change curriculum consists of three modules that guide you on how to use Inner Mastery and Outer Impact skills to shape and drive change from the inside-out. These modules are:
- Envision a better world, by stepping back to question social values, beliefs and practices, by being the active conscience of your social environment, and by defining a desired future state for the world.
- Building a winning pathway from today to tomorrow, by drawing out the best thinking from yourself and others, bridging divides and finding integrative solutions, and experimenting, iterating, learning and improving on your path to change.
- Inspiring people to change, by influence stakeholders to gain their commitment, changing attitudes and behaviors, and knowing when to push, when to pull, when to pause, and when to pivot.
- CHANGE PROJECT
- a real-world crucible in which to implement and hone their changemaking skills, and
- an opportunity to promote tangible, inside-out change in a target community
- Design a Daily Sculptor tool
- Work with the Director of Mentora Labs.
- Assess growth goals for youth changemakers, and the kind of support they will value.
- Research successful models of support and engagement for people invested in inside-out change.
- Design features and test prototypes with prospective youth changemakers.
- Identify AI/VR/Other-tech Innovations to improve engagement and impact of training
- Review technologies, early applications, and future trends that can offer substantial enhancements in training people on emotional mastery, building human connection, managing conflict, and more.
- Interview experts, try out new offerings, and build a point of view of what can be done today and what are promising pathways for the next 2-4 years.
- Write a research report to guide the direction of digital changemaking apps and solutions in 2022-23.
- Build a Treasury of Personal Journeys
- Identify a target audience.
- Build out a digital environment where this audience can share personal journeys.
- Use Mentora's 10 Principles of Storytelling to provide guidance on how to draw out and share compelling personal narratives.
- Design and execute a pilot, including outreach to the target audience, recruitment of volunteers, recording of personal journeys online, creation of an online repository, and testing the impact of these stories on viewers.
- Build a repository of Changemaker exemplar profiles and stories and promote this resource among youth changemakers and beyond
- Create a "Diamond of Truth" Dialog series
- Identify a target audience, e.g.- college youth
- Identify important issues on which there are polarized and tension-driven positions, or a silent group that feels shut down from sharing their perspectives
- Create shared beliefs and norms
- Design a dialog format that will bring out the best in both sides, by activating their Inner Core
- Find the space (physical or virtual)
- Pilot and improve
- Organize a consciousness-raising event
- For college students (or another suitable audience)
- To strengthen social, moral, mental fibers
- Define themes, format
- Identify and recruit key speakers and the audience
- Execute the event in the Fellowship 14-month period and draw learnings on how to catalyze public dialog in your future changemaking journey
- Catalyze meaningful inside-out change within a profession or community
- What is the change you are seeking to make in people's feelings, intentions, attitudes, beliefs, values, behavior?
- Identify like-minded influencers embedded in the target community
- Foster dialogs to learn and ideate on your path forward
- Build a point-of-view on what change is needed, and the pathway to change
- Run a pilot
The goal of the training is to develop changemaking skills that will be of lifelong value to Fellows in helping build more principled families, organizations, professions and communities.
All training will be supported by faculty, coaches and staff of the Mentora Institute.
This training is based on the Mentora Institute’s Inner Mastery | Outer Impact curriculum developed by Professor Hitendra Wadhwa at Columbia Business School. It draws from a multidisciplinary scientific foundation (psychology, psychotherapy, sociology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, and more) and studies of great changemakers and movements across history. It consists of three parts: Inner Mastery, Outer Impact and I|O Change.
The training will be delivered using Mentora’s 5 x 20% model, balancing Learning with Reflection, Practice, Application and Learning Groups. The training will begin with a set of core modules that all Fellows will take and then each Fellow will be given the opportunity to design and pursue their own personalized learning path.
Each Fellow will take on a Change Project that will provide them with:
Research & Design Projects
Content Development Projects
Targeted Change Projects