2023 YLF Application is now open

March 2024

The Cities United Young Leader Fellowship 2023 application is now open! The Young Leader Fellowship is designed to build the pipeline of leaders committed to reducing the homicide rates of young Black men and boys. The fellowship focuses  on violence prevention and intervention, specifically targetting suicide, homicide, and gun violence amongst Black men and boys. Candidates are exposed to various careers within the realm of violence prevention, professional development workshops, monthly learning calls with trailblazers in the industry, networking opportunities, all expense paid travel, and more. We follow a hybrid model which allows candidates to participate from all over the country. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, candidates receive a stipend.  We have had alumni go on to pursue careers in non-profit work, research/academia, policy, arts/media, business/entrepreneurship and beyond. The fellowship criteria and application are listed below. You are more than welcome to reach out to Jerrilyn Roberson,, should you have any questions. We will be hosting virtual information sessions on November 10th and 17th from 6-7pm ET. Register here.  

Feel free to share the application with anyone that fits the criteria and would greatly benefit from participating. Thank you so much!

Fellowship Criteria

  • Black people (who will turn 18 on or before 01/01/2023, but will not exceed 25 before 10/01/2023)
  • Individuals interested in working in violence prevention.
  • Individuals interested in working on behalf of Black men and boys.
  • Recommended: Currently Reside in a Cities United Partner City - Click here to find out.

Link to the application: Application