Join a fellowship.
Join a Kickstart Communities Fellowship to gain the skills, learning experiences, and collaborations that are needed to take your work in communities to the next level. We offer two fellowships: the Champions for Change Fellowship and the Coaching for Transformation Fellowship.
About the Fellowships
When you join a Kickstart Communities Fellowship, you are tapping into a network of West Virginians who are committed to making positive change in their communities. Participating in a fellowship will support you in deciding what your voice and participation will look like as a person leading and collaborating with others to create change in your community. You will learn how to lead effective meetings, build community teams, create and facilitate events, resolve conflict, prioritize group projects, build positive partnerships, and other skills and best practices to help become the kind of community leader that you want to be.
Champions for Change: Community Leader Fellowship
The Champions for Change Fellowship focuses on individual leadership development for West Virginians who want to make a difference. Offered over the course of twelve weeks with one in-person and five virtual sessions, this program builds the foundation for helping in your own community.
During this fellowship, you will gain skills in:
Coaching for Transformation: Community Development Fellowship
The Coaching for Transformation fellowship is a nine-month program that will focus on your personal growth, resource development, and foster a collaborative environment to discuss projects or ideas. While participating in this fellowship, you will work with an individual coach, develop your individual leadership and create peer relationships with members of your cohort.
During this program, you will gain skills in:
Who should join
The Champions for Change Fellowship is ideal for anyone living in West Virginia who is committed to making positive change in their community and is prepared to invest time into 12 weeks of leadership growth and learning.
The Coaching for Transformation Fellowship is ideal for anyone living in West Virginia who has completed a fellowship or community leadership program with the WV Community Development Hub in the past – such as the Champions for Change Fellowship or a coaching program like Blueprint Communities or HubCAP – or – who has experience with community and economy building.
Our program is intended for folks with leadership experience in their organization, or community at various levels, that are grounded in work that aligns with The Hub’s overall purpose: Growing the overall community economic development system in West Virginia through collaborative partnerships that use innovative approaches to address systemic challenges for rural development. Our previous cohort members have come from many different sectors including arts & culture, community & economic development, education, government, health, media, non-profit, AmeriCorps service, and tourism. The common thread between participants is a desire to serve their communities and organizations in an inclusive and impactful way.
Interested in joining a fellowship?
Send us your contact information and the fellowship opportunity you’re interested in joining. We’ll get back to you personally and make sure you’re on the outreach list when we open up applications.
Still feeling stuck?
Reach out to Stacy Thomas with our team at The Hub. She can answer questions and get you connected in to the right fellowship opportunity based on your interest and needs. Find Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.