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We're Looking for Young Leaders!


August 9, 2018

My name is Calvin Harris, and I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

I want to let you know about our National Leadership Program for young leaders who want to go into public policy, advocacy, nonprofit management, communications, journalism or entertainment and who are committed to creating a better future. RespectAbility is looking to hire the next generation of leaders to be our Fellows, and we would love to have your help with identifying talented students who are committed to equal rights.

Here are the facts:

• Only 65 percent of students with disabilities graduate high school and only seven percent complete college.

• Only 1-in-3 working age people with disabilities has a job.

• There are 750,000 people with disabilities currently incarcerated in our nation.

RespectAbility currently is looking to hire Fellows for our fall cohort that runs from Sept. 4 to Dec. 7, with flexibility for start dates. We will accept 10-12 outstanding applicants from around the country who want to advance disability issues and who are seeking careers in media, public policy or advocacy. While the deadline is this Friday, Aug. 10, we will accept late applications if space permits. We're more than halfway full though!

Fellows are given the unique opportunity to work with our highly trained program staff on communications and stigma reduction, public policy, nonprofit fundraising or faith inclusion.

As a Fellow, students and recent graduates will have the chance to help our mission of:

• Reducing the "school-to-prison-pipeline" for people with disabilities, by advocating for students with disabilities so they get all of the tools they need to succeed in the classroom.

• Erasing the nearly 50 percent gap in labor force participation rate so that diverse people with disabilities can have jobs and a better future.

• Ensuring that diverse people with disabilities are positively and accurately portrayed in Hollywood.

• Educating philanthropists and nonprofits about how they can include people with disabilities equally in their work.

Fellows will learn from numerous experienced mentors, strengthening skills in advocacy and leadership as well as learning hands-on training in public speaking, writing, social media and networking. The Fellowship enables our young leaders to gain critical skills to start their careers in public policy, media or advocacy. Alumni of the program have gone on to work at the White House, Congress, advocacy organizations, The World Bank and elsewhere.

There are opportunities for both paid and stipend Fellowships. Paid Fellows make $15 an hour and we hire eight of them each year. Stipend Fellows receive a monthly transportation stipend of $300. Lunch is provided daily for all Fellows. In addition, all Fellows participate in special presentations by guest speakers and intensive strategic communications workshops.

To apply, young leaders must fill out our online application or for more information, contact Ben Spangenberg, National Leadership Director, at or call (202) 517-6272.

Thank you for your consideration and help!


Calvin Harris

Chair, Board of Directors


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