Stoneleigh Fellowship: New Request for Letters
The Stoneleigh Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for accomplished professionals to pursue discrete, multi-year projects that improve outcomes for Greater Philadelphia's most vulnerable youth. Fellowships are awarded to leading practitioners, researchers, and policymakers working to advance reforms in the systems that serve these young people – such as juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and health. Over the past ten years, these Fellows have developed new approaches to program design and delivery, changed how systems work together to better meet the needs of youth, and generated new knowledge through action-oriented research.
Request for Letters
Currently, Stoneleigh is seeking Letters of Interest that focus on one or more of the following areas (not in order of priority):
- Developing Cross-System Approaches to Better Serve Youth: Strategies for facilitating coordination among youth-serving agencies to more holistically address young people’s needs. For example, projects may foster collaboration between homeless services and child welfare, health and juvenile justice, or behavioral health and education.
- Addressing Factors that Can Lead to Child Welfare or Juvenile Justice Involvement: These can include challenges related to housing, substance abuse, and mental or physical health. In the juvenile justice system specifically, these can also include court costs and fees; exclusionary school discipline practices; and civil or municipal policies addressing status offenses.
- Incorporating Emerging Research into Practice: Considering new approaches to service delivery based on new evidence about adolescent brain science, trauma, and the importance of cultural competency.
- Applying an Intersectional Approach to Improving Youth Outcomes: Examining the relationship of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation to school push-out, homelessness, and/or out-of-home placement; and designing tailored solutions to minimize future systems involvement.
- Reducing Youth Violence: Addressing the needs of youth – particularly older youth – affected by violence in their communities through: targeted prevention strategies (focused on reducing the likelihood that youth with multiple risk factors become victims or perpetrators) or intervention strategies (focused on reducing violent behavior among those already engaging in violence, or mitigating its effects on victims).
Please note that these examples are not meant to be exhaustive but rather to give applicants a better understanding of the areas that align with Stoneleigh’s priorities.
How to Apply
The submission of a Letter of Interest (LOI) is the first stage in the application process to become a Stoneleigh Fellow. LOIs are due by 5 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.