Orientation Retreat: Fellows must attend a two-night orientation in early April. Attendance at this retreat is mandatory and anyone not able to attend should not apply for the Fellowship. The exact dates of the retreat will be available in late September.
Service Project: Working in collaboration with a local community agency, each Fellow must design and carry out a service project of at least 200 hours that is focused on maintaining, supporting and improving community health. Each Fellow will work under the supervision of a site mentor from the participating agency, and an academic mentor of the student’s choice from the student’s current academic institution. The Program Director is available to provide support and guidance throughout the Fellowship period. The 200 hours is separate from any school course requirement. At least half of the 200 hours should be in direct, face-to-face contact with the population being served. These direct service hours do not include administrative duties, research, needs assessments or other Fellowship activities. In designing a project, potential Fellows should carefully consider the issues of evaluation and sustainability and include their ideas for addressing these aspects of the project.
Reports: Fellows are required to submit monthly reports and reflections about their activities and a comprehensive written final report to their Program Director, Academic Mentor(s), and Site Mentor(s).
Program Evaluation: Fellows are required to complete a pre- and post- survey for the Fellowship. Each Fellow’s site mentor also must complete a final site mentor survey. Links to these on-line surveys will be provided by the Program Director. These surveys are in addition to each Fellow’s evaluation plan for their individual project.
Monthly Meetings: Fellows are required to attend all monthly meetings. Monthly meetings provide the Fellows with leadership development, skills-based workshops, interdisciplinary discussions, time for reflection on community service, and an opportunity to network with like-minded students from diverse fields as well as professionals in areas of interest to them.
Public Outreach: The Fellows work together as a group to organize a public outreach project. The design and execution of this outreach project is the sole responsibility of the Fellows. A small budget will be provided for costs incurred.
Recruitment: In the fall of each year, Fellows will work with the Program Director to organize information sessions about the SF Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program and present information at their schools about their Fellowship experiences.
Stipend: Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000 distributed in three payments throughout the Fellowship year as specific program objectives are completed. The stipend may be used in any way the Fellow wishes, including project related costs and personal expenses. As our funding is limited, the SF Bay Schweitzer Fellowship is unable to provide any additional financial support beyond the stipend.
Celebration of Service: New Fellows are required to attend the Celebration of Service to honor outgoing
current Fellows and welcome the new group. This will be held on May 2021, exact date TBD.. In May of the following year, the 2020-21 Fellows will be similarly honored and will be required to prepare a poster describing their projects’ goals and accomplishments.