Through the Impact Fellowship, fellows experience first-hand the potential the Mountain State offers driven young leaders.
Fellows are employed in innovative work at top West Virginia companies at a minimum annual compensation of $31,000 and receive full benefits in accordance with the employer’s offerings for similar positions. Representing a diversity of sectors and skill sets, Impact Fellows work four days a week applying and further developing their unique professional skills at some of the best organizations in the state, which value the new perspective and skills that Impact Fellows bring to their work.
The Impact Fellowship is more than an opportunity to work in West Virginia. Through retreats and other opportunities, Fellows are connected with the people, leaders, and places that make the Mountain State so great. Each quarter, Fellows gather for these retreats hosted in different locations across the state. Over the course of two days, Fellows learn from and speak with innovative thought-leaders and change agents, enjoy new restaurants, and adventure in the wild and wonderful outdoors. These retreats offer time for Fellows to share their experiences, network, and get connected to the exciting things happening in communities across the state. Over the course of the year, Fellows gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges our state faces while having a seat at the table to identify possible creative solutions.
Through these Friday projects, Fellows have the chance to learn about and support a wide-range of organizations, seeing firsthand the impact that is possible in even a short period of time. Even as things shifted with the Covid-19 pandemic, Fellows have enjoyed getting creative and finding new ways to volunteer their time in the Mountain State.
The Impact Fellowship is modeled after Challenge Detroit, an organization founded in 2012 with the mission of challenging leaders to learn by participating in a year of meaningful employment and intellectual work with local nonprofits. Inspired by Challenge’s results in Detroit, Generation West Virginia developed the statewide Impact Fellowship to attract, retain, and advance young talent in the Mountain State. Since launching in 2017, the Impact Fellowship has generated 39 jobs in the Mountain State. It is our hope that the Impact Fellowship offers 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.
The Impact Fellows program is designed not only to give you the professional experience and connections you need to take your career to the next level, but also to provide you with opportunities to give back to your community and develop as a strong leader.
Our goal is threefold —to connect people to opportunities that ensure they can choose West Virginia, connect employers with top talent, and, in doing so, highlight the true potential that exists for the next generation to work and thrive in West Virginia.
The Impact Fellowship is a project of Generation West Virginia.