Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship: Changing Lives and Making a Difference

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Have you ever wanted to work at a job that was deeply and personally meaningful to you and get paid? Do you want to make a difference in your community and are unsure how to do so? Are you concerned with a social justice issue that moves your heart?

You can apply today to the Engelhardt Fellowship to spend this spring in a joint partnership in which HFC and U-M Ann Arbor students work in a non-profit of their own choosing. The best part is that the Fellowship pays a generous stipend of $5,000 to allow you to financially be able to spend your hours over eight weeks, while helping a cause that you care about. The non-profit organization you help are benefitted by not having to pay a staff member.

The Fellowship also involves weekly sessions that deepen your understanding and compassion towards those you are working with. Sometimes, we come to an organization with ideas of how to help and we instead need to be sensitive to learn.

I was able to be a part of the 2019 Engelhardt Fellowship. The group of students that also participated worked with causes ranging from the environment, prison justice, food insecurity, and others. My internship was with ABC Youth in Flint, MI. I was thankful for the opportunity to help them plan and implement a summer program that taught 70 young people job skills in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and cooking. I also learned to write grants and was able to secure a huge grant to help their program continue.

Justin Randles, another HFC student, was also a part of the 2019 Fellowship. Justin said, “I worked with the Mirror News and several low-key non-profits in Detroit with the intent to shine a light and bring community attention to be able to extend partnerships with HFC. The biggest benefit (to the non-profits) was creating partnership for future pathways for HFC students that did not have experience in doing this kind of work before. The personal benefit was that I gained a lot of self-worth and confidence with education in my ability as a writer and interviewer and social justice warrior.”

Information on how to apply can be found here: https://lsa.umich.edu/ceal/students/engelhardt-fellows.html.

Application Deadline:.

Monday, February 24th, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

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