In response to interest from Fellows around the world, Eisenhower Fellowships has launched a new initiative aimed at youth aged 18 to 25 years to complement its existing network of 1,500 dynamic, mid-career change agents. All Eisenhower Fellows are currently expected to engage with the global EF network, including a commitment to mentoring as part of post-fellowship service to their communities. The Eisenhower Youth Leaders Network will deepen EF’s commitment to mentorship and support efforts to cultivate the next generation of leaders.
Like Eisenhower Fellows, Eisenhower Youth Leaders will represent all countries and regions in the EF network, including the United States. Nominating committees help find and select promising young men and women with demonstrated leadership qualities. Interested candidates submit an application describing their experience and accomplishments, as well as how they believe they can serve and lead their communities and peers forward to make the world a better place. Candidates will need to articulate a project idea as well. All candidates will also be required to attend an in-person interview with the selection committee in their home country. EF will promote the initiative and support committees in the selection process.
Future of Work Conference
EF invited the Youth Leaders to the “Future of Work” conference from September 14-17, 2017 in Málaga, Spain to introduce the cohort to the network. The Eisenhower Youth Leaders attended a mentor session led by Eisenhower staff and Fellows and then joined the Future of Work conference. A few participated in a moderated panel discussion about their views and expectations for jobs and employment over the next generation. The Eisenhower Youth Leaders were provided an opportunity to discuss their projects with the conference participants and engaged with EF mentors from all over the world.
The Eisenhower Youth Leaders will benefit from exposure and access to a global network of accomplished leaders in all sectors and from every region of the world. EF will also ensure that each young person is connected to at least one mentor who commits to working with the young man or woman for at least one year. Post-initiative, the Eisenhower Youth Leaders will be expected to share what they have learned with their university community and beyond, and commit to mentoring someone younger than themselves.
The goal is that over time a vibrant global network of the next generation of young leaders will be created. The potential for stand-alone global events aimed specifically at youth could be developed, deepening Eisenhower Fellowships as an institution, expanding its base of champions and change agents and amplifying its positive impact on sectors and societies around the world.