January 4, 2017
Washington, DC—January 3, 2017—Young Invincibles (YI), a national millennial research and advocacy organization, and the Cognosante Foundation, the charitable arm of Cognosante—pioneers in health IT solutions—are pleased to announce the third year of the YI Scholars Program. Launched in March 2015, the summer fellowship program offers first-generation college students the opportunity to join the Young Invincibles team in working on today’s most pressing economic issues facing young adults.
The fellowship program builds a range of skills, including public speaking, data analysis, training, community organizing, and development. Scholars serve as integral members of Young Invincibles’ departments for the 10-week program, helping to support research projects, policy initiatives, media strategy, organizing, curriculum development for YI health and financial education initiatives, consulting services, and beyond. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend networking events, visit with YI’s partner organizations, and will receive training on a variety of professional development skills.
This summer, the class will increase from last year’s eight fellows to 10: four fellows will participate in the program from YI’s Washington, DC office; two fellows from the Chicago, IL office; two from the Austin, TX office; and two from our Los Angeles, CA office. Regional fellows will fly to Washington, DC to meet with their fellow Scholars, staff, and the Cognosante Foundation, and to participate in other activities at the beginning and end of the program.
The Cognosante Foundation is funding the entire program and will work closely with the YI Scholars throughout the summer.
“The Cognosante Foundation is committed to developing opportunities for young people and underrepresented communities,” said Michele Kang, founder and CEO of Cognosante and president of the Cognosante Foundation. “We have seen firsthand the positive impacts of the YI Scholars Program, and we are pleased to partner again with Young Invincibles to not only offer but to expand the program in 2017.”
The YI Scholars Program provides a $5,000 summer stipend for fellows, with a focus on first-generation college students, and strongly encourages students from underrepresented communities to apply. The program will also cover the cost of travel to and from DC, Austin, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Applicants must show a record of achievement in campus and/or community involvement, leadership potential, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an interest in our issue areas. After completing the program, Scholars will become part of a Scholars Alumni Program to ensure that they continue to engage with other young leaders going forward.
“Building on the success of the last two years, we’re excited for our program expansion. The YI Scholars program is a great opportunity for us to work with the next generation of young leaders, helping them build the skills they’ll need to join the effort in bettering opportunity for our generation and elevating the voices of young adults on the national stage,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles.
Interested students can learn more about the program at younginvincibles.org/yi-scholars/.
About Young Invincibles
Young Invincibles is a policy and advocacy organization committed to expanding economic opportunity for millennials, young adults ages 18 to 34, and to amplify the voices of our generation. Young Invincibles works to ensure that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge research and analysis and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform, and mobilize our generation to change the status quo. For more information about Young Invincibles, please visit younginvincibles.org.
About Cognosante Foundation
Launched by Cognosante CEO Michele Kang in 2012, the Cognosante Foundation exists to help underprivileged and underresourced individuals, including U.S. Veterans, to build meaningful professional careers, achieve financial independence, and find their path to success. The Cognosante Foundation was created to spread the benefits of Cognosante’s success to numerous deserving causes, including Young Invincibles. More information can be found at cognosante.com.