My Experience as a Fellow: When I joined TFI, I was pretty shy and not very outspoken. TFI has helped me to be the person that I am today – motivated and confident. I feel like if I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it.What’s Next: Attending Purdue University and majoring in Engineering. I definitely want to give back and invest in young men of color who are less fortunate. If I can help one young man and see him succeed, I will be super excited.
The Fellowship Initiative
A full day of learning activities 2-3 Saturday’s per month during the school year.
- Academic Support – tutoring, academic instruction, time management, and study skills.
- Core Content Modules – Healing Centered Engagement, Arts and Cultural Literacy, Leadership and Civic Engagement, Career & College Readiness.
- Networking Opportunities – relationship building activities with other young leaders and professionals.
- Social & Emotional Support – positive, safe, and supportive environment that promotes holistic healing and well-being.
Establishing a Lasting Network
By participating in The Fellowship Initiative, young men of color have the opportunity to build a strong network with other young leaders in the program and professionals from multiple career sectors.
JPMorgan Chase Mentorship
Each of our Fellows is paired with a JPMorgan Chase employee who serves as a mentor to provide guidance, experience, and exposure.
College visits to local, regional, and national colleges/universities.
Public Service Initiatives
Project-based learning to facilitate opportunities for fellows to impact their communities.
Special sessions and projects during school breaks and during the summer to build key academic, professional and leadership skills.
Parent Engagement sessions to assist parents in supporting fellows through the college readiness process.
- Young Man of Color
- A junior (11th grader) in the 2021-2022 school year in a Chicago are high school
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
- A commitment to academic achievement
- Cultural Identity
- Public Service
- A strong interest in attending and graduating from a 4-year college/university
- Interest and a track record of leadership and public service
Impact of the Fellowship Initiative
My Experience as a Fellow: During my time with TFI, I was able to overcome my obstacles both academically and emotionally. As a man of color, I was taught not to verbalize my emotions and to keep things bottled up – otherwise I [would] be seen as weak. However, with the help of my TFI brothers and mentors, I was able to normalize voicing my emotions and seek help when I needed it.What’s Next: Attending Oberlin College and one day running for office, getting my PhD in Public Policy and Urban Education, and going to Law School.
My Experience as a Fellow: Being in TFI has not only given me a plethora of opportunities to give back to people from similar struggles, but also an awareness of the world that every boy needs in his transition to manhood. It makes me proud knowing that I am someone my parents can respect and the love I show others comes from a genuine place.What’s Next: Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and to build the best version of myself one brick at a time.
Participating in The Fellowship Initiative
Applications for the 2021 cohort are now available.
Apply now for immediate consideration!
Thank You to JPMorgan Chase
Youth Guidance is grateful to JPMorgan Chase for their vision and support of this program. To date, more than 350 JPMorgan Chase employees have worked with TFI Fellows as mentors, coaches, role models, speakers, or volunteers in various capacities. Since its launch in 2010, the program has been expanded and serves new classes of Fellows in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.