Fellows are college or advanced degree holding individuals who have a passion for rural community development. Fellows are placed in a community of need in the rural mountain areas of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades to work on a project that helps to build rural community capacity.
Fellows are chosen based on their ability to address the particular needbased on experience, education and character of the applicant. A Fellow lives in the community for one to two years, acting essentially as a consultant for the community as they try to address their needs and produce projects that provide tangible and measurable results.
Although project ideas are determined prior to Fellow’s placement, the creation of the actual project and the planning and implementation are a dynamic and creative process that happens between the Fellow and host community. Consequently, Fellows must be flexible individuals, who are willing to work with the community on the project or projects that best suits the community’s needs, not necessarily as the project was originally described.
Fellows must be comfortable living in rural mountain environments, and be willing to adapt to these conditions, whether this means living off the heat from a wood burning stove, driving long miles to get to a meeting, or learning how to make the most out of a trip to “town.”