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We believe in the power of individuals to effect social change and the need for inspired ideas and leadership to address the needs of children and youth. Thus, our funding model: fellowships for social change.

Through this model, we seek accomplished practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to develop and test approaches that can improve policies and practices those serving vulnerable and underserved children. We focus our work on individuals who have demonstrated leadership in addressing violence in our community, as well as the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, yet we know that the health, behavioral health, education and other public systems must be included in social change efforts as well. Therefore, we focus on cross-system reforms to meet the needs of the whole child.

We currently offer two types of fellowships:

The Stoneleigh Fellowship offers an opportunity for people with good ideas to act on them. Through this fellowship, we identify and support practitioners, researchers, and advocates to advance reforms in the system that serve children involved or at risk of involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and those impacted by violence.

The Emerging Leader Fellowship provides a hands-on experience for young professionals interested in addressing the needs of Greater Philadelphia’s most vulnerable youth through policy analysis, research, and advocacy.  Fellows work collaboratively with host organizations to execute discrete projects that advance the organizations' missions and allow Fellows to gain new skills and experiences.