We need young leaders to propel Southern California forward.
CORO YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
An immersive, experiential, cohort-based summer program that engages high school participants in leadership skill development and understanding how local systems work. Youth Fellows will interview local leaders, participate in site visits to learn about how things get done in Southern California, and participate in small group projects that challenge them to engage with local stakeholders, practice their skills, and develop mentors and networks that will support their future career development.
JUNE 26 to JULY 28, 2017
Five-week, full-time summer session consisting of:
Two-week Coro skills and tools training and application opportunities
Two-week internship with Coro seminars on Mondays
One-week group project featuring site visits, interviews, and public speaking opportunities
Optional trip to Sacramento (7/31-8/2) to study state governance issues
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
Leadership skill development
Inquiry-based fact-finding methodology
Multi-sector problem solving
Experiential project-based community analysis
Organizational & systems analysis
Increased confidence in decision-making
Giving & receiving effective feedback
Exposure to potential mentors
Networking skill development
Identifying regional leaders & decision-makers
How to effectively engage your school & community
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE?
Participants will learn valuable skills and tools in setting purpose, how to give and receive effective feedback, and understand how to ask effective questions.
Focused time designed to examine specific topics, institutions, and processes, and to discover strategies for leveraging resources, opportunities, and decision-making power.
Participants are given exposure to multiple perspectives and ideas through which they deepen their understanding of the many complex issues leaders currently face and work to unpack the various competing interests that drive debates.
Participants will meet other high schoolers from around the LA-region who are working to become leaders in their own communities and schools and form close ties with members of their cohort through intensive training and peer consulting.
All Youth Fellows will have exposure to mentors and Coro alumni through internships, interviews, site visits and Coro events.
Individual and Small Group Application Projects:
Immersion projects give Fellows a real-world opportunity to apply the tools they’ve learned, practice individual reflection and feedback gathering, and analyze systems.
CORO YOUTH FELLOWS WILL GRADUATE WITH THE CAPACITIES TO:
- Become a stronger leader
- Ask great questions to identify a problem
- Manage team members
- Look at problems across sectors
- Analyze a community by interacting with it
- Understand how things work in Los Angeles
- Make tough decisions
- Create a career pathway
- Give and take feedback
- Network effectively
- Identify people with the real power and influence
- Effectively engage their schools and communities
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost?
The tuition for the full 5-week summer session is $5,000/participant. To join the optional Sacramento trip it is an additional $2,000. For scholarship/aid information please email Sara Loncka at email@example.com.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants must be current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and must be able to stay local to the Los Angeles area over the course of the program. For more specific admission requirements, view the application.
How will I get to Coro activities and internship sites?
Students and their families will need to provide transportation to the venues for seminars, activities and internships. For the internships, Coro will do everything possible to try to secure placements near where the student lives to offset transportation time and costs.
When is graduation?
Who should apply?
Any Los Angeles-area high school student who desires to seek growth in their abilites to lead, think critically, and navigate the civic landscape. Coro looks for participants who want to make a difference in their schools and communities and are eager to learn, grow and challenge themselves.
What does the application consist of?
The application must be completed in one sitting. It consists of basic demographic information as well as short answer responses and three essay questions. To give applicants time to prepare their answers before submitting the final application, essay questions are listed below. Applicants will also have to provide the name and contact information for Coro to request a recommendation from a teacher, employer or mentor.
1- Tell us who you are. You can describe your background, values, significant experiences from your past, and/or special hobbies/interests that have helped to shape your identity, values, and/or aspirations.
2- What is the most challenging obstacle that you have had to overcome? Discuss the impact it has had on you and what you have learned from the experience.
3- What are your reasons for applying to the Coro Youth Fellows Program? How will you apply your leadership training in your school or neighborhood community?
Sara Loncka serves as Coro Southern California’s program manager where she supports the logistical and training components of the Fellows Program in Public Affairs as well as the coordination of all part-time programs. Sara comes to Coro with a background in education, non-profit management as well as time in the private sector in both fashion and entertainment. Sara has served as a corps member of Teach for America and a public educator for the American Red Cross. She oversaw the statewide development of an in-school suicide prevention program for Missouri and was awarded the Community Suicide Prevention Award by Governor Jay Nixon. Sara holds her Master’s degree in Education and B.A. in Sociology.
Junior at Aspire PAcific Academy
“I come from an all Latino background - everyone in my community and school are all Latino. Being placed in Coro, I was exposed to people from different backgrounds. At first, it was a challenge. I couldn’t speak Spanish and expect everyone to understand me; and I learned that that’s how the real world works. You can’t just expect everyone to understand you; you have to make an effort.”
Junior at Harvard-Westlake School
“During our five weeks, we did so many different things and had so many different experiences, but throughout the program, we had to learn to work cohesively as a team. I learned that communication and working together is so important to get things done and to be successful. I’m going to take that into everything I do at school and in my community. I’m going to help people that I interact with in that same way - to work as a group and learn from each other. That’s what I took from this program, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Senior at Archer School for Girls
“One of my takeaways from the program was the value of being thrown into uncomfortable situations. While that sounds unpleasant, it was one of the ways I learned the most here. You learn so much from being forced to learn things on your own, and that’s something you don’t see in regular school life. We get very clear-cut instructions - we’re told what we need to do and what our expectations are - instead of being able to shape those things for ourselves, and that's something that I learned through this program that was really valuable.”