Transforming neighborhood high schools in the inner-city into well-functioning pipelines to postsecondary education will not occur overnight. It will require the brightest, most ambitious minds of this generation. That is why it is our humble privilege to introduce the 12+ Fellows Initiative, a 1-year engagement that opens a channel for recent graduates to transform the culture of inner-city high schools. You will be on the frontline of our mission in empowering our students to dream bigger than they ever have before.


Future education pioneers, foreign service officers, nonprofit leaders, and doctors. They are encouragers, motivators, mentors, and supporters. They come from diverse backgrounds but are united by their common pursuit of inner-city empowerment. We invite you to join 12+, join the Fellows Initiative, join the movement. 

"I love the one-on-one experiences with the students. I get to help them discover who they are as individuals and start to figure out their futures."

Dustin, 2014-15 Fellow


"The best part about being a Fellow is working with students and seeing them overcome the challenges they have. They're an inspiration to me personally."

Julia, 2014-15 Fellow


With guided oversight from 12+ headquarters, Fellows will be commissioned to create a college-going culture within our PLUS Center, where they will be staffed full-time to create one-on-one relationships with students of all grade levels and to focus on programming, teaching, and empowering students to go beyond the 12th grade.

We challenge you to expect more from the city, our students, and yourselves. We challenge you to be the change–to join us in showing others that a small group of dedicated individuals can truly change the world. 

For a complete description of the FELLOWS INITIATIVE,  please download our FELLOWS PACKET.

Check out the BLOG for reflections from our Fellows on their experiences.

"A lot of what we do aside from the workshops and mentorships is hanging out with the students and showing them that there's someone who is here, listening to you, and won't let you quit."

Aelita, 2014-15 Fellow



  1. Submit a resume and cover letter to under the subject heading “12+ Fellowship Application_Your Name”
  2. Fill out our Fellows Application below
  3. All application materials due FEBRUARY 20, 2015


  1. Applications due FEBRUARY 20, 2015
  2. Interviews will be conducted in-person or video conferencing by early March
  3. Finalists will be invited for a site visit and in-person interview during mid March
  4. Final decisions will be made by the end of March


  1. Applicants must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Fellows will be paid a stipend of $1500/month
  4. For further details, please download our FELLOWS PACKET
  5. Questions? Please contact Karis at

*** UPDATE***

 Thank you for your interest in the Fellows Initiative! Applications for the 2015-2016 cycle are now closed. Please check back in January 2016 for applications to the 2016-2017 Fellows Initiative.

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