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Host an Urban Fellow

The Urban Fellows Program is a unique 10-week summer program that emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and fosters an appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life.

Students are placed in a paid fellowship in agencies located in the city of Rochester and work full-time four days per week. Fellowship placements are in a variety of fields, including health care, education, and economic development. Former projects include:

2015 Urban Fellows celebrate at their closing ceremony.

  • Creating a business plan for neighborhood commercial development
  • Working on neighborhood issues alongside a City Councilperson
  • Coordinating services for runaway and homeless teens
  • Developing an arts program at a juvenile residential facility
  • Researching health care needs and the disparities in African-American communities.

Urban Fellows also participate in urban issues seminars and experiential activities once per week, attend a number of community or cultural events, and present their work at the annual End of Summer Symposium.


Hosting an Urban Fellow

Hosting an Urban Fellow can be an invaluable resource for non-profits to develop and implement new projects, increase organizational capacity, operate more efficiently, or advance a mission.

The program meets weekly to offer member support and urban issue seminars. We also offer opportunities for both organizations and Fellows to network, conduct site visits at least once per session, and host a closing ceremony to celebrate Fellow accomplishments. As such, host organizations are asked to contribute a cost-share payment of $500 per fellow to help defray administrative and programmatic costs.

Community organizations can access the project proposal application here and will need to submit an assignment description based on this template. The majority of the application will be completed online. Project proposals are due by 11:59 PM February 7, 2016.


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If you have any questions about the program, please contact Abbie Deacon, Assistant Director at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.