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e2 Fellowship

Generations coming together can transform lives

Heartland Foundation has recognized time and again over decades the power of cross-sectorial and cross-generational collaboration. Other respected voices in today’s American culture agree with our experience. According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, “The best news is that cross-generational collaborations can be extraordinarily powerful…When the generations connect, their work is dramatically enhanced: more sustainable, more creative, more energized, [and] more connective.” The article goes on to say that young people tend to be more idealistic, greater risk-takers, technology literate, and creative thinkers, while the older generation brings valuable skills, a lifetime’s worth of personal connections, and leadership experience.


“It is an experience that is irreplaceable. It makes you feel so important and powerful. I feel I have the knowledge to change the world, or at least make a start.”—e2 Fellowship Youth Graduate


  • A leadership journey that challenges your influences; identifies your core values and ignites your dreams.
  • Free space where you are empowered and working with intergenerational leaders to ignite a movement that champions education.
  • Listening to a successful leader’s story of their real-life leadership challenge and collaboratively recommending how you would solve the struggle.
  • Beginning an expedition where you are the architect of your region’s future.
  • A student/adult team enthusiastically prepared to empower education initiatives in your community.

“This exceeded my expectations! The activities were fun, purposeful, and moved our group toward a vision.”—e2 Fellowship Adult Graduate


Teams of three (3) including two (2) high school students and an (1) adult sponsor.


A 4-day leadership program for Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska teams. The e2 Fellowship, a program of the (e2) education emPowers® initiative of Heartland Foundation and its Healthy Communities Regional Investor Partners, is intended to enhance and leverage the skills of emerging and experienced leaders. It is designed to deepen the commitment to education and empowerment advocacy and develop the leadership skills necessary for 21st century healthy and thriving communities with the end goal of improving regional vitality. This one-of-a-kind program is a challenge-based learning strategy led by trained facilitators.


The four program days are spread throughout the academic year. We have adjusted to the four-day schedule to allow for greater participation. The 2017-2018 class dates are:

September 13, 2017e2-Full Equation_R
November 8, 2017
January 10, 2018
March 14, 2018


Heartland Foundation’s emPowerU Campus_DSC0242
518 S. 6th Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501


Heartland Foundation donors from throughout the region cover a majority of the cost making your fee only $375 per team of three for the entire e2 Fellowship, including lunch.

“I was taken by surprise by how we were always doing out-of-the-box activities. I got such a variety of knowledge and experience from the program.”—Annie D., e2 Fellowship Participant