Homer "Pete" Washington Community Fellowship

Application deadline for the 2014-2015 Fellowship program is Friday, May 2nd. Washington County (PA) high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Apply NOW.

A programmatic partnership between The William Kellibrew Foundation and The LeMoyne Community Center, the Homer “Pete” Washington Community Fellowship serves to empower youth and their communities by placing students in community leadership roles. As Fellows, students fulfill a one-year program in which they gain real life experience performing a variety of functions; including youth engagement, organizational management, and community organizing. Valuable resources and opportunities for personal and career development are made available to students while they are Fellows and even after their fellowship ends. Fellows complete their program by using what they have learned to actualize their very own ideas for community outreach, with the support of program managers.

Program Summary

The Homer “Pete” Washington Community Fellowship will select at least one high school senior to be a Fellow in the 2014-2015 fellowship program. Fellows begin their program in the summer as camp counselors at the LeMoyne Community Center and continue as interns and administrative assistants with the William Kellibrew Foundation and partnered organizations.  

Fellows complete their program in three phases over a period of one year. Each phase emphasizes a specific component of community outreach by placing Fellows in varied roles that enable them to gain wide-ranging career experience while making valuable contributions to their community. The program culminates in the final phase, when Fellows are tasked with actualizing what they’ve learned in the first two phases by conceiving, developing, and executing their own community event, program, fundraiser, campaign, and/or initiative.

Phase I - Community Immersion

June to August

Role: Camp Counselor

Fellows begin as counselors in the Camp Challenge summer program at the LeMoyne Community Center. They are immediately immersed into the epicenter of their community, directly engaging youths and working with community stakeholders to maintain a successful summer program. Fellows are tasked with learning:

What are the most important needs and challenges facing my community?

How does my community engage youth?

How are community outreach programs run?

What improvements can be made to current programs and what additional programs should be offered in my community?

Phase II - Organizational Management

September to December

Role: Administrative Intern

After completing their role as counselor, Fellows move on to serve as interns for the William Kellibrew Foundation and the LeMoyne Community Center. In this role, Fellows learn what must be done behind-the-scenes to create, develop, and successfully execute programs like Camp Challenge and Homework & More. Fellows gain valuable career experience when they begin their involvement in various tasks such as organizing, managing, correspondence, and publicity. Fellows are tasked with learning:

How do community-focused organizations operate?

What skills do I need to be successful in administrative work environments?

Phase III - Program Fulfillment

January to May

Role: Junior Director

Fellows complete their program by using the experience and knowledge they’ve gained in the first two phases to commission the successful planning and execution of two of the following: an event, a program, a campaign, and/or fundraiser. With the support of fellowship facilitators, Fellows will be responsible for every step of planning from conception and conclusion realize the fruits of their ideas, experience, and hard work. Fellows are tasked with learning:

How to develop and plan large community-based events, programs, campaigns, etc.

How to develop a programmatic budget.

What are my strengths, weaknesses, and interests?

How will I steer my education and career from here?

Compensation, Benefits, & Opportunities

Fellows are compensated through the entire year according to each phase of the fellowship. From June to August, Fellows are paid bi-weekly at an hourly rate that meets or exceeds $7.25/hour, the current rate paid to junior counselors at Camp Challenge. From September to May, Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $200 or depending on time commitment. Fellows are eligible to receive compensation for travel and expenses related to the fellowship.

At the completion of their fellowship, Fellows will receive a book scholarship of an undetermined amount, paid directly to the post-secondary institution that they enroll in.

In addition to compensation, a wide range of opportunities are made available to Fellows, such as invitations to participate in events and programs affiliated with the William Kellibrew Foundation and the LeMoyne Community Center. In the past, WKF has participated in events such as the White House Youth Summit. Opportunities may include:

  • Career/college development and support (i.e. consultation, references, etc.)

  • Travel to Washington, D.C. for events and programs

  • Professional networking

  • Published blogs and media

  • Membership on WKF’s National Advisory Council upon program completion

Eligibility / Who Should Apply?

Students who have interest or wish to pursue a career in education, public service, community outreach and development are strongly encouraged to apply. Students pursuing careers in public relations, communications, government, social work, human development, and social sciences stand to gain valuable experience from the fellowship and are also encouraged to apply. The fellowship seeks students who wish to take ownership in their communities and demonstrate exceptional leadership and social responsibility.

Students meeting the following requirements are eligible to apply for the 2014-2015 fellowship program:

  • Rising high school seniors, completing their graduation requirements at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year

  • Enrolled in a Washington County high school

  • Interest in community outreach and development

  • Able and willing to commit to the program for a full year

  • Planning to pursue a post-secondary education program

Application deadline for the 2014-2015 fellowship program is Friday, May 2, 2014. Online and paper applications received after this date will not be considered.

Applicants are evaluated on the following equally weighted criteria: academic merit, school/community involvement, and essay. Finalists will be interviewed. All applicants will receive notification of their status by May 5.

About Pete
Pete Washington was a native, longtime resident, and beloved friend of Washington, Pennsylvania. Born Homer Lee Washington, Jr. on November 2, 1956 to Homer Lee Sr. and Jacqueline Walker Washington, Pete grew up in “Linntown” and was an active contributor to his community and country throughout his life. He was a graduate of Washington High School, where he was a standout athlete, and the University of Dayton. A veteran of the U.S. Navy with service in the Gulf War, Pete possessed a deep commitment to education, sports, and youth; dedicating much of his time as a local referee, basketball coach, and volunteer in Washington and Memphis, Tennessee where he once resided.  Like many of his peers, he valued The LeMoyne Center and community-based programs for their role in his childhood and their potential to impact positive change in Washington and beyond. The breadth of lives touched by Pete was evident when he passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2013. The Homer “Pete” Washington Community Fellowship is established in honor of Pete, his family, friends, and the community he cherished most.

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