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The American Dream Fellowship

The Cisneros Center for New Americans is excited to announce the creation of the American Dream Fellowship, a paid opportunity for young and driven leaders who are passionate about empowering new immigrant families to fully engage their communities and live out their American Dream.

During this paid 13-month fellowship, fellows will work together with community stakeholders in our inaugural host community of Northwest Arkansas to address barriers to integration for new immigrant families. Fellows will educate, advocate, and innovate.

Educate. Fellows will work to instill a sense of urgency about education in new immigrant families by engaging family members in educational goals and breaking down barriers to academic achievement. In the process, the Fellows themselves will grow in their understanding and appreciation of the host community, and will embark in their own journey of personal growth.

Advocate. Fellows will work to Improve access for new immigrants to the resources and services they need to pursue the American Dream, including through the path we have developed: A Road Map to The American Dream. To do this, Fellows will create strong and meaningful relationships with community members and stakeholders, and use their work to lend a voice to the community’s needs.

Innovate. Fellows will work closely with the community to leverage collective impact, proven strategies, and innovative technologies. The host community’s leadership and fellows will work closely to generate creative solutions that maximize resources and impact. 

The American Dream Fellowship will begin in July of 2014 and run through August of the 2015.  During the first month of their commitment, fellows will participate in a rigorous training based in San Antonio.  While in Northwest Arkansas fellows will be supported and developed by the Cisneros Center staff and high level leaders.

Fellows will receive a competitive salary of $50,000 and full benefits.

How do you apply?

Interested individuals can apply here. The deadline for nominations and applications is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

The application includes:

  • Basic information
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement

Please visit  to apply.

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