John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) Program 2024-2025 (Up to $2,000 Stipend) – APPLY NOW

The John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) Program application form for 2024-2025 is out. The JLYL program is a year-long fellowship designed to prepare college students for careers in community organizing and civic engagement.

John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) Program
John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) Program

Over the year, fellows actively participate in human rights work within their campus and local communities through a substantial capstone project. Fellows are provided with various resources and support to ensure their success in the program. These include access to comprehensive grassroots organizing workshops, personalized mentorship from RFK Human Rights staff, financial assistance, and connections to a wide network of human rights professionals, peers, and program alumni.

JLYL aims to equip fellows with the skills and confidence needed to pursue careers as human rights advocates and create ongoing positive change in their communities.


  • Participate in a 3-day JLYL retreat featuring organizing workshops.
  • Receive monthly 1-on-1 coaching sessions with RFK Human Rights staff.
  • Participate in all monthly cohort gatherings held on the 2nd Monday of each month.
  • Deliver a capstone presentation outlining your project at the end of the fellowship.

Benefits of the John Lewis Young Leaders (JLYL) Program

  • $2,000 professional stipend (paid in two $1,000 instalments during fall and spring semesters).
  • An organization dedicated to addressing social issues that resonate with YOUR passions.
  • $1,000 will be allocated for events and activities connected to your capstone project.
  • Access to valuable resources from experienced community organizers and activists.
  • Fully funded retreat in summer 2024, location to be determined.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An undergraduate student
  • Registered in a 2 or 4-year accredited program
  • Must be Registered in a university in the United States
  • Expected to graduate on or after May 2025

Preference is given to:

  • Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), or Minority-Serving Institutions (HMSIs).
  • Students in the southern and midwestern parts of the United States.
  • Students from underserved communities.

Application Process

Are you interested and qualified? Click here to commence your application.

Visit the official website of John Lewis Young Leaders for more information.

Application Deadline

March 10, 2024.



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