“I 100% appreciated this fellowship. It was a BIG part of my life, especially in the stage of life that I was in. I was just coming back from living overseas for 12 years, leaving a really big community that I was connected to, so this was a great space for me to transition into. And even though transitioning still wasn’t easy…they really gave me the opportunity to feel, like, OK, I can do this!
I really wish there was a way this Fellowship could get more attention, more support. It deserves a lot more credit than it’s getting now. For all that we get, all that we have access to, the trainings, the cohort itself…RVC in general. This Fellowship is a big cornerstone of the next stage of my professional development and nonprofit journey. It’s been amazing…it really has.”
“One of the biggest things that stood out to me about being in this cohort is having a sense of community. It’s not often that you get to see people get together to have a safe space and a brave space. RVC 2022-2024 cohort…we got to build that community, and hopefully will take these friendships and partnerships into the next part of our journeys.”
-Sunshine Allen, STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN)
“I’m so grateful to be in this cohort. It’s been a wonderful lovely time together with these amazing and lovely people. The authenticity, thoughtfulness that everyone brings into this space, and everyone supporting each other.
One of the things I appreciate having learned through this fellowship is feedback: how to give and receive feedback. It was instrumental for me personally because it’s something that I always struggled with. But after going through that practice, I’m better at giving and receiving constructive feedback. And it’s not just the learning, it’s also fun. We bring playfulness. That’s something that I appreciate!”
-Mamudou Kuyateh, Duwamish River Community Coalition (DRCC)
“This is the most intensive fellowship program I’ve ever been in…especially with something so focussed on nonprofit organizations, especially small BIPOC community-based organizations. The way that it was led, the way that it was designed…it was very intentional. I think I never would have learned a lot of this information outside of the fellowship. For instance, what does it even mean to be part of a nonprofit organization? It’s not just charity, it’s not just service-centered organizations; nonprofits run everything outside of public and private enterprises.
I think for me what was most impactful was being able to make close connections with like-minded people. And seeing how some people really thrive, really show what does a value-centric nonprofit look like. That was really meaningful to me to see that. OK that can actually work.
–Richard “RJ” Dumo, Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond (SPEB)
“Community Impact Fellowship has been so amazing, even though it was only 2 years…I wish it was longer! Because our cohort was so small, it was so easy for us to get to know each other, get to learn about the work we do at our respective organizations, and also learn from each other.
Within the first few weeks, I learned about the fundamentals about what a nonprofit is, which helped as I came into this with no background and was completely new. I learned a lot as I was going, and then I was able to bring it into The Good Foot, apply the work, and ask questions.
All I can say is: I love the community, I love the intentionality behind it. I really hope that CI Fellowships will keep going. Please keep funding them! They are doing a lot of good work in the South End.”
-Eva Chuc, The Good Foot
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