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Coahoma Students Encouraged to Apply for Aspen Institute’s Delta Cohort

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF) Delta 2 Cohort is in the process of appealing to future students to get them to be involved in the program.

Coahoma Students Encouraged to Apply for Aspen Institute’s Delta Cohort

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu Oct 24, 2019

In early 2018, the Aspen Institute’s Youth and Engagement Programs partnered with the Walton Family Foundation to launch a 15-month leadership development opportunity for young people in Coahoma County, MS, and Phillips County, AR.

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF) Delta 2 Cohort is in the process of appealing to future students to get them to be involved in the program. The application process formally closes on October 27, 2019. In the past, the initiative has worked with high school students. This year, the group is focusing on 18-22-year-old students.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

According to the organization’s website, AYLF is a new, place-based initiative of the Aspen Institute’s Youth and Engagement Programs that partners with local communities to develop the next generation of local, purpose-driven leaders.

Karen Woods-Done, director of the Division of Student Engagement, sees this as an excellent opportunity for Coahoma Community College to gain valuable real-world experiences and exposures. Thus, making them valued members of the workforce and engaged civic change-makers.

“We want to encourage any Coahoma students located in the Mississippi Delta region to apply,” said Woods-Done. “Aspen is a leadership opportunity. Students can grow their leadership skills and develop as impactful future leaders. In the past, numerous leadership programs have come to the Mississippi Delta with people from out-of-state to come and try to impact change. But Aspen wants to look at it through a different lens. Aspen strives to build future leaders from within communities and see what needs need to be met.”

Selected Fellows convene for nine seminars over 15 months to build the skills necessary to engage effectively and lead change within their communities and beyond. This year, Fellows will be offered paid summer internship opportunities to develop social ventures that have direct relevance to issues facing their communities.

“Students can benefit from being a part of the program because it puts them in connection with over 100 plus youth leaders from across the nation. Aspen has programs in St. Louis, New Jersey, and in New Orleans. So, it puts them in contact with a fellowship of young leaders to see what solutions are best working in their areas and how they can change and modify those solutions to meet the needs of the Mississippi Delta region,” Woods-Done added.

Students interested in participating in the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship Delta 2 Cohort can apply by visiting https://www.tfaforms.com/4759458