01/08/13 Twenty-one new professionals from youth serving organizations from across Indiana have been selected for the 2013 Journey Fellowship for New Professionals. In response to a growing need to grow the pool of talented new professionals in the field of youth work, this Journey Fellowship was created in 2010 and funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Journey Fellows for New Professionals will embark on an expedition to develop themselves and their careers in youth development. This unique opportunity is meant to support emerging leaders in their quest to get grounded, get connected and get going; making their mark in the field and making a difference in young people’s lives throughout Indiana.
Chelsie Mann-Sharp is a 2006 graduate from Plymouth High School and a 2010 grad from University of Indianapolis and is currently pursues her MBA from Western Governors University. Chelsie is currently the Director of Community Engagement for the Indiana Afterschool Network in Indianapolis. She was nominated for the fellowship program and successfully moved through the application process where it was estimated that 200 to 300 applications were reviewed before being selected one of the 21 to receive the fellowship.
Each of the twenty participants in the Journey Fellowship for New Professionals will attend a series of residential retreats designed to create new ways of thinking about and practicing youth work within existing systems and youth programs. Fellowship participants will be awarded career advancement scholarships, and be supported to make a difference within their local organizations or communities.