In 2008, the founders of WAAB established a Fellowship to train new leaders working for community, faith-based, government, non-profit, and private sector organizations in Brooklyn. The WAAB Fellowship is a year-long leadership development program dedicated to advancing the next generation of Brooklyn’s diverse leaders and empowering them to become change agents to strengthen Brooklyn.
The WAAB Fellowship teaches and challenges participants to work together. Fellows learn how they can help communities share resources, manage tensions, and collaborate on solving problems. Ultimately, they are able to view diversity as an asset to themselves, their agencies, their communities, and Brooklyn as a whole. Fellows participate in monthly professional development seminars and networking opportunities with key decision makers in our city.
Fellows participate in one of two committees:
- Fellows on the Leading By Developing (LBD) Committee learn from fundraising and foundation experts, create a development strategy, and raise funds to award to a community-based organization in Brooklyn selected by their sister committee.
- Fellows on the Leading By Giving (LBG) Committee choose a grant focus, create a Request for Proposal, evaluate applications, and award a grant to their chosen winner using funds raised by the LBD Committee.
What do our newest grads have to say?
"The WAAB Fellowship is an amazing opportunity for emerging & existing leaders to step outside of their box and into a whole new realm filled with diversity, experience, and interconnectedness."
- Hafida Torres, WAAB Fellow '13
"At WAAB you realize how important you are to the community and how much Brooklyn depends on your leadership. You meet other leaders and you learn that you are not fighting alone. Being a young leader without WAAB is like being a kid without siblings or friends."
- Chantal Valencia Lawrence, WAAB Fellow '13