Impact WV invites seven of tomorrow’s leaders to work, live and give in West Virginia by offering a yearlong, paid fellowship at some of the Mountain State’s most innovative companies. During the course of a year, Impact Fellows will work 32 hours a week at one of our participating companies. Fellows will spend each Friday contributing their brain power and time to a local nonprofit.
Through the Impact WV Fellowship, Fellows will experience first-hand the potential the Mountain State offers young leaders. Fellows will gain professional experience with top West Virginia companies who are committed to attracting and retaining young talent in the state. Through Impact WV, Fellows will gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges our state faces while having a seat at the table to identify possible creative solutions.
Impact West Virginia is modeled after Challenge Detroit, an organization founded in 2012 with a mission to challenge leaders to learn by doing through a year of meaningful employment and intellectual work with area nonprofits designed to positively impact our diverse, culturally vibrant city. In the fellowship program’s first five years, over 75 company partnerships were established, over 4000 individuals applied to participate and over $8 million in value to the local economy was generated.
As a project of Generation WV, a statewide nonprofit committed to attracting and retaining young talent in the Mountain State, it is our hope that the Impact WV Fellowship will offer new opportunities for young leaders to stay in West Virginia, come home after having moved away, or experience all the state has to offer for the first time.
Our goal is three-fold: To connect young talent to innovative West Virginia companies, empower young talent to be a part of the solution in West Virginia, and by doing so, highlight the true potential and opportunity that West Virginia has to offer.
Are you ready to make your mark in the Mountain State?