The Queens Fellowship 

The Queens Fellowship is a 10-month professional development and networking program for non-profit, faith, government and community leaders serving Queens. The Queens Fellowship enables emerging leaders in Queens to come together to become more skilled, knowledgeable, and confident, making them more effective advocates for their communities and for Queens as a whole.

The Queens Fellowship selects 20-25 leaders from a large pool of applicants to participate in the Fellowship. The Fellows receive a year of professional development training, and hands-on experience in community building through monthly professional seminars, and networking opportunities with key decision makers in our city. Ultimately, the Fellows will be able to utilize their diversity as an asset to themselves, their agencies, their communities, and the borough of Queens. 

The Queens Fellowship is a partnership with The New York Community Trust, LaGuardia Community College, COPO and The Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.


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The Queens Fellowship Committees

All Fellows participate in one of two committees that provide hands-on experience in either development or grant-making. The committee experience provides the opportunity to deepen skills learned during Fellowship seminars as well as to achieve a better understanding of how foundations work—through giving and fundraising. 

Fellows on the Grant Making Committee choose a grant focus for the One Queens Grant, create a Request For Proposal, publicize the funding opportunity, evaluate applications, and then award a grant to their chosen winner.

Fellows on the Development Committee help to raise the funds that are then awarded through the Grant Making Committee. They create a community outreach plan, solicit donations from partners, publicize the event, and eventually raise money to award to a community organization.  This hands-on, action-oriented experience is invaluable.