Here at Eagle Rock, we believe leadership is not a position to be held, but an action that all young people are capable of taking. And Public Allies — a national organization committed to creating a just and equitable society by engaging and activating the leadership of all young people — is one of our partners in advancing that cause experientially.
Specifically, we’re talking about the Public Allies Eagle Rock Fellowship, which in 2021/2022 will offer eight individuals the opportunity to work with us in our efforts to re-engage high school students in their education, which for our next cohort of fellows is accomplished through a year-long service and leadership development experience here in Estes Park, as well as online if and when health and safety protocols dictate.
The Public Allies Fellowship here at Eagle Rock — which will celebrate its 20th anniversary when the next fellow cohort joins us in late-August of 2021 — is a residential, community-based opportunity for future teachers and educational leaders who are passionate about alternative approaches to learning, social justice, and youth development and empowerment.
As such, we are actively seeking applications for the selection of eight young adults to work with us and our students as either Educator Fellows or Health and Wellness Fellows. The application deadline for these fellowships which run from Aug. 27, 2021 to July 1, 2022), is March 15, 2021.
Educator fellows will earn their teaching license here at Eagle Rock, becoming leaders through training, mentorship, developing curriculum, creating student activities and events, and designing and implementing in-house team service projects. Additional responsibilities include classroom instruction, participating in residential life programming, providing academic and personal support for individuals within our diverse student body — acknowledging that learning happens everywhere, both for students and instructors.
Our Health and Wellness fellows play a crucial role in supporting student social-emotional needs and encouraging their growth and healthy development. This includes participating in individual sessions with students, evening and weekend programming, community building, and assisting on-campus support groups and clubs. Additionally, the Health and Wellness Fellows work in tight coordination with our Health and Wellness Counselor and other Eagle Rock staff to develop student-centered resources, enhance counseling practices, and serve our students holistically.
Below is a list of what we strongly desire from all our Fellows applicants:
- A strong academic background in an instructional area such as English, science, math, human performance, visual arts, music, or literature and literacy
- Relevant experience working with youth, in non-profit or educational settings, ideally high school age
- Self-starters who are flexible and can meet demands of residential community life
- A sincere interest in participating in and benefiting from a rigorous leadership development program
- Ability to work independently
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to give and receive feedback
- Driver’s license and a good driving record
- A college degree or equivalent life-experience post high school
- Awareness and knowledge of cultural competencies and social justice issues, with demonstrated actions toward creating more just and equitable communities.
Benefits of being an Eagle Rock Public Allies Fellow include a living stipend of $20,500; a private room in a communal house; meals when students are on campus; AmeriCorps healthcare, which ranks as fully covered; a $500 professional development stipend; and a $6,095 AmeriCorps education award once you graduate from the program.
Additionally, participation in Public Allies at Eagle Rock offers student loan forbearance; and the opportunity to participate in a Colorado alternative teacher licensure program (for Educator fellows), which is paid for by Eagle Rock.
For more details, qualifications, and application instructions, please visit Public Allies at Eagle Rock.
Additionally, if you know a passionate young professional committed to serving students with an antiracist, social justice lens, please nominate them for the opportunity here.
If you have questions about this unique leadership opportunity, please feel free to contact Mackendy Blanc, the program director of Public Allies Eagle Rock, by email using pajobs at eaglerockschool dot org.
And remember, the application deadline for these fellowships (which run from Aug. 27, 2021 to July 1, 2022) is March 15, 2021.