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e2 Fellowship

Bringing youth and adults together to lead change in our region

The e2 Fellowship is a 4-day intergenerational leadership program open to teams of three (two high school students and one adult sponsor) in our 31 county service region. The program enhances the skills of emerging and experienced leaders. It is designed to deepen the commitment to education and develop the skills necessary for creating healthy and thriving communities.

Heartland Foundation has recognized time and again the power of cross-sectorial and cross-generational collaboration. Other respected voices in today’s American culture agree with our experience. According to an 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.

“Bring yourself, an open mind, and get ready to develop ways to impact your community.” – e2 Fellowship Youth Graduate

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

 Imagine . . . 

  • A leadership journey that challenges your influences and identifies your core values
  • Free space where you are empowered and working with intergenerational leaders
  • 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 this region’s future

Program Details

  • Challenge-based learning strategy led by trained facilitators
  • Four program days spread throughout the academic year
  • Registration open to teams of three (two high school students and one adult sponsor) from our 31 county service region
  • $375 fee per team of three (four program days, lunch included)

2018-2019 Program Dates

September 11, 2018
November 13, 2018
February 12, 2019
April 9, 2019

e2 Fellowship program dates and registration information are available in the late spring of each year.