Young Fellowship

The Young Fellowship is an initiative developed by the Portland Leadership Foundation. Designed to offer select college graduates a “gap-year” Fellowship, all Fellows will live together at the Young Family Foundation’s Hillside House, serve four days a week with a non-profit in the Portland metro area, and receive year-long non-profit coaching, personal mentoring and spiritual direction.

The program is designed to combine business acumen with a strong faith; however, the Young Fellowship is ultimately focused on selecting and training the next generation of non-profit leaders for our city. Fellows will work directly with the Executive Director of the non-profit, who will offer an unprecedented hands-on working experience. This experience, paired with PLF’s focus in integrating faith and vocation, will result in a year of growth that is unprecedented in terms of developing non-profit leaders.

  • Anna Johnson, Compassion Connect

    Anna Johnson, Compassion Connect

    "The Young Fellowship challenged me to stretch my leadership muscles and serve in ways I didn't even know I could. I'm so thankful for the challenges, meaningful experiences, and friendships it provided."
  • Gladis Reyes

    Gladis Reyes

    "The Young Fellowship challenged me to radically Serve and Love my Neighbor."

Recruit and Select

The Portland Leadership Foundation team is actively recruiting young diverse leaders with the objective of encouraging leaders to apply for the Young Fellowship. Students must be between 22-25 to be eligible to apply for the Young Fellowship. Fellow applicants must download the application and submit it to Portland Leadership Foundation on or before April 1, 2017.

applicationDownload an application

The application deadline is May 1, 2017. Once the application deadline has passed, the PLF selection committee will facilitate a three-phase selection process:

  • • Application Screening
  • • Phone Interview
  • • In-person Committee Interview

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