Fellowship in Civic Leadership

Community-Engaged Learning & Leadership Development

The Albert S. Foley Community Service Center has partnered with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life and the Bay Area Women’s Coalition to launch another year-long Fellowship in Civic Leadership.

The Fellowship in Civic Leadership is a community-engaged learning program for students to understand the complex and entrenched nature of poverty in the City of Mobile. Fellows will engage in biweekly learning experiences related to one of Mobile’s neighborhoods afflicted with generational poverty, meeting with community members, service providers, and city leaders. The Fellows will learn about the complex history, current challenges, and future opportunities for the neighborhood.

The Foley Center offers students the opportunity to apply for a year-long Fellowship in Civic Leadership, an experiential learning program to help students understand the complex and entrenched nature of poverty in the City of Mobile. Currently, the Fellowship in Civic Leadership is focused on partnering with leaders in the Africatown community of Mobile.

  • Fellows engage in weekly community-based experiences meeting with community members, service providers, and civic leaders.

  • Seeking a cohort of 8-10 students (Sophomores-Seniors) representing a variety of majors and professional interests.

  • Training in asset-based community development, deliberative listening and community dialogues.

  • Leadership development through facilitating community meetings.

  • Concludes with a presentation to key civic leaders.

  • A full-year commitment required to participate in this co-curricular experience.

  • CLIMB Credit awarded if desired.

  • No fee to participate – all expenses covered.

  • Gain professional experience – looks great on a resume!!

Outcomes we hope for Foley Center Fellows:

  1. Become more aware of the complex nature of intergenerational poverty and its effects on individuals, families and communities;

  2. Increase knowledge of the political systems and policies involved with ameliorating (and/or contributing to) the effects of poverty on the most vulnerable members of our communities;

  3. Develop professional skills engaging community members and leaders through structured interviews and community dialogues;

  4. Understand the role of service providers, community activists, and civic leaders in addressing the needs of impoverished communities;

  5. Develop the ability to communicate the key learnings from community members to civic leaders;

  6. Develop a clearer purpose and increased motivation of becoming personally and professionally engaged in civic and democratic life.

Questions? Interest?

Email: foleycenter@shc.edu.

Preference is given to Juniors and Seniors.

To view a recent presentation by the Fellows on their work in Africatown, view: