What is the Forge Fellowship?
The Forge Fellowship is intended to build progressive civic infrastructure in communities and regions that have historically been shut out of political power at the federal, state, and local levels. The fellowship strives to enable local communities to reclaim public power by helping develop student leaders at public universities and community colleges. These leaders will work to build pathways for themselves and others to participate in our democracy. The fellowship was created in memory of Reese Neader, who worked to build civic infrastructure that would confront the individual challenges faced by communities frequently neglected by political organizing. As part of our alumni program, the Forge Fellowship has multiple opportunities for alumni to contribute their skills, time, and experiences to the fellowship’s success.
What is the Forge Mentorship?
Mentorship is a way to be a part of building a more equitable society without being on the frontlines of policy fights, protests, etc. It’s about how to leverage your position and privilege in the world to help others succeed. Within the Forge Fellowship, mentorship is a crucial part of how we support our Forge Fellows. Mentors, known as Fellow Advisors, are alums who volunteer to work a fellow throughout the academic school year. They serve as pillars of support to their fellows, helping them grow as individuals and professionals.
Serve as a fellow advisor: Volunteer to be an advisor to a fellow for a year. Fellow Advisors have regular check-ins with their fellows to support their policy change efforts, connect them to other resources, and join the broader community of supporters (affectionately called by some the Wolfpack). Advisors should expect to commit a minimum of five hours of time per month and are supported by Roosevelt national staff and the Forge Fellowship mentorship committee. Interested serving as a fellow advisor? Contact email@example.com to learn more.
How else can I get involved in the Forge Fellowship?
Volunteer your talent: Sign up to support the fellows, and let us know what resources or trainings you can offer by contacting us. It can be anything from graphic design to data analysis to connections to organizations or businesses. Contact eross@rooseveltinstitute and let us know how you want to support the Forge Fellowship
Donate: Through your generous support, the Forge Fellowship will remain a sustainable, core program of the Roosevelt Network. This fellowship is a key effort in the network’s strategy to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our efforts to change who writes the rules. The fellows receive their year-long intensive training, mentorship, and programming in an effort to pipeline them into other opportunities for leadership and professional development within the student network, as alumni, and as members of Reese’s community. Operating primarily on public university campuses (strongest in the Midwest), the network strives to stay true to the mission Reese dedicated his life to: ensuring communities left out of progressive organizing receive investment and avenues to develop civic leaders who can change the dynamic of decision-making power and democracy across the country. Contact Cory Connolly or Monika Johnson to learn more about donating to the Forge Fellowship