Civic Leadership Summit

APPLY BY APRIL 15

This summer, Freedom and Citizenship is inviting alumni to take part in our inaugural civic leadership summit. The summit's goal is to train and support alumni in starting F&C reading clubs on their own college campuses. By participating in the civic leadership summit, scholars will develop their teaching and leadership skills and help bring the magic of F&C to others.

The summit will take place from June 1 - 4 and will include seminar-style discussions with professors, teacher training sessions, and leadership-building workshops. You'll work collaboratively with other students in your small cohort to create your own syllabus of texts that interest and inspire you, prepare to lead engaging discussions just as your summer professors did, and organize a reading group of your own on your college campus.

Scholars will receive $400 for participating in the four-day summit, $400 for organizing a campus reading club during the fall semester and writing a blog post about it on the F&C website, and a $200 food and beverage budget for their club meetings.

We are planning on hosting an entirely virtual summit this year. If circumstances allow us to have some meetings in person we will explore that option, but applicants are not required to be in NYC to participate in the June summit. 

Proposed Schedule by Freedom & Citizenship

To apply, fill out the short application form below and answer the following essay question in 350 - 550 words:

The summit's big question is "who is this country for?" Please select a text, artwork, or other media that raises the question for you. Tell us about the text, why it resonates with you, and how it could contribute to our conversation this summer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We are planning on hosting an entirely virtual summit this year. If circumstances allow us to have some meetings in person we will explore that option, but applicants are not required to be in NYC to participate in the June summit. 

Alumni of the Freedom and Citizenship program who are current Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors in college.

TBH we haven't decided yet! We'll return to some texts from your F&C summer, add some new ones, and incorporate some of the works our summit scholars wrote about in their application essays. The big question is "who is this country for?" and our syllabus will include the kinds of transformative texts you're used to at F&C.

No! The summit will provide scholars with tools and a plan for starting a reading club on their own college campuses. Over the summers, scholars will do some work to prepare for their reading clubs, and check in with the program coordinator about their progress. During the academic year, scholars are expected to organize and host four meetings of their reading clubs and write about the experience on the F&C blog.

Scholars will receive a $400 check at the end of the four-day summit. In the fall, scholars can submit receipts for reimbursement of food, (non-alcoholic) drinks, and supplies for their on-campus reading clubs up to $200. After running four reading clubs on campus and writing about the experience for the Freedom & Citizenship blog, scholars will receive the final payment of $400, likely in December or January.