The Aspen Institute

Coahoma to Partner with Aspen Institute for Student Success Initiative

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

Coahoma to Partner with Aspen Institute for Student Success Initiative

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

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Wed Feb 20, 2019

The Aspen Institute

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

Select Coahoma Community College and Coahoma Early College High School students will participate in the program.

According to the organization’s website, The Aspen Institute is dedicated to empowering young people ages 14-24 from diverse backgrounds to tackle the most critical issues of the day. Through innovative programming and partnerships nationwide, their programs provide young people with the training and tools they need to succeed in the modern economy and lead the change that they want to see in their communities.

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (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. 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. New to the Fellowship, Fellows will be offered paid summer internship opportunities to develop social ventures that have direct relevance to issues facing their communities.

Karen Woods-Done, Director of the Division of Student Engagement, believes programs like this will provide life-changing opportunities and give students needed exposures.

"As a local partner with the Aspen Youth Initiative, CCC is happy to assist the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship program in developing the next generation of local, purpose-driven leaders,” said Woods-Done. “It has been wonderful to watch our students grow and develop as they complete this 15-month program. Our students and our campus have been exposed to some of the most innovative leaders in the nation.”

Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, selected Fellows will become part of the Institute’s Youth and Engagement Programs alumni network, where they will have opportunities to engage with the organization in a number of capacities, including as participants in the Aspen Institute’s annual national youth convening.

“Our students have grown intellectually from this plethora of exposure.   The ultimate goal of the Aspen Youth Leadership Fellowship is to engage students effectively and lead change in their communities and beyond," added Woods-Done.