Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who can apply for the YouthBridge-NY Fellowship?

The fellowship is open to applicants in the tenth grade.

+ What neighborhoods do fellowship participants come from?

One of the amazing things about YouthBridge-NY is that we have participants from across the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester. Our fellows come from Bed-Stuy, Tribeca, Flushing, Harlem, Mott-Haven, Baychester, and everywhere in between. Participation in the fellowship offers the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different neighborhoods and communities who you might have never had the opportunity to meet!

+ What is the time commitment for the Fellowship?

The fellowship is a two-year program during Junior and Senior years of high school. First year fellows (Juniors) meet twice a month. Second year Bridgers (Seniors) meet once a month. All meetings take place after school from 5pm-7pm.

+ What is the structure of the meetings?

First year fellows meet twice a month. One meeting is with the entire first year cohort and focuses on teaching students the skills needed to be leaders in their communities. Topics for skill-building sessions include networking, advocacy, community organizing, public speaking, and more. For their second meeting each month, first year fellows choose one of three small action committees to be a part of. These action committees are project focused and allow the fellows to work together in a smaller group setting.

Second year Bridgers meet once a month for skill-building sessions with their entire second year cohort. These meetings build on the skills learned in the previous year and focus on developing leadership skills for post-high school life.

+ Where do the meetings take place?

The majority of meetings take place at the YouthBridge-NY office at 225 W. 34th St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues). Occasionally meetings will be held at the offices of our community partners located in Manhattan.

+ How many teens participate in the Fellowship?

There are approximately 60 total fellows, 30 Juniors and 30 Seniors.