The Experience

The Fellowship Experience

The Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship ensures that young adults gain access to high-quality leadership programming, connect to the powerful Aspen Institute network, and pursue lives of meaning and purpose as changemakers in their communities. The Fellowship experience accelerates leadership development and Fellows’ understanding of how to effectuate change individually and collectively, as well as inside and outside of systems.
Each year, local cohorts of young people ages 18 – 22 are selected based on talent and potential. The Fellowship lasts for five years, with the first year comprised of monthly professionally moderated leadership development seminars focused on exploring shared humanistic values and connecting lived experiences to a deeper analysis of community and society. Fellows then apply that learning to design community impact projects. For the remaining five years, Fellows leverage unique AYLF benefits including leadership development programming and career and educational support, and access to a life-long network designed to support their success.
Beginning the AYLF Journey

1. The Aspen Experience

Welcome to AYLF, overview of the Aspen Institute, AYLF curriculum, facilitators, and cohort team building activities.

2. The Good Society

The world as it is and the world as it should be. Apply these lessons to your own community while employing critical perspectives.

3. Who Am I as a Leader?

Identities, values, and strengths and what leadership means to you and your individual leadership approaches.

4. Who Are We as Leaders?

Collective leadership and the role of identity. Apply insights to the cohort’s Community Impact Project.

5. Change Strategies

The role of power in the world and in creating social change and progress within your community. Engage with community influencers about the most pressing needs in your community.

6. Co-Creating Change

Apply strategies to create change within your community. Presentations of cohort Community Impact Projects and impact.

7. Inspiring Direct Action

Learn from organizing/direct action expert and local subject-matter experts. Apply experiences and lessons to
cohort’s Community Impact Project planning.

8. Community Impact Project Bootcamp

Launch Community Impact Project (paid internship)! Gain insights from subject-matter experts to help structure your collective work into function-specific teams. Finalize a work plan.

9. Sustainable Action

Civic Action Experience: reaffirm your commitment to change/progress. Examine how to sustain both individual and collective action towards progress.

10. Building a Life of Meaning (Graduation)

Day 1: Explore moving from a life of meaning to a life of significance. Community Impact Project presentations. Day 2: Graduation ceremony celebrating completion of the Fellowship!



Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis APPLY HERE 

Contact Us

For more information about our program, please email Cheryl Green, Director.