For-profit, nonprofit and government entities must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this opportunity. Organizations must:
- Have no more than 51 employees and be headquartered in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park
- Have a mission that includes making a positive social impact
- Largely serve low- to moderate-income individuals in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park
- Illustrate how COVID-19 has impacted the organization financially and/or strategically
- Demonstrate financial need for a subsidized VFA Fellow to implement social impact work
The application review team will consist of VFA staff, current Fellows, VFA Detroit Advisory Board members, and representatives from DSF.
Interested organizations were able to get additional information by attending informational sessions on Wednesday, June 3 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm or Thursday, June 4 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
When placing fellows, our main goal is to ensure they have meaningful employment experiences that help them become startup leaders and, eventually, founders. It’s also critical that organizations who hire them have a need for adaptable talent that can make an impact on day one.– Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture For America
June 1 - June 10
Application of Interest open to determine basic eligibility
June 12 - June 21
Round two applications become available for semi-finalists
June 29 - July 3
Interviews with final organizations
Awarded organizations announced
Fellow Terms & Award Details
VFA Fellows are recent college graduates from across the country who are driven to make a difference and participate in the two-year fellowship. VFA has selected more than 200 high-vetted individuals, from a pool of over 3,000 candidates, to serve in the VFA class of 2020. Fellows are now in the process of looking for job opportunities at organizations across VFA’s 14 cities. In order to obtain a Fellow, organizations will lead a virtual hiring process via the VFA job board in order to vet and select candidates within the 2020 Fellow class, with support from the VFA Detroit Community Director.
Once a 2020 Fellow accepts an offer, they will become an employee of the Desai Sethi Foundation throughout their two-year fellowship (starting August 15, 2020 or later – June 30, 2022). DSF will then deploy Fellows to work at the awarded organization. Awarded organizations will sign a detailed memorandum of understanding agreeing to the Fellow’s job description, expected outcomes, and employment terms (i.e. at-will employment, performance review schedule, organizational structure indicating Fellow manager, commitment to a positive workplace experience, etc.). This document will be approved and signed by all parties including the awarded organization, the VFA Fellow, VFA, and DSF.
This program will likely select five organizations to award through this opportunity. The only financial contribution awarded organizations must commit is $5,000 in year one and $10,000 in year two. Further details will be discussed with program finalists.
Organizational Development & Reporting
Awarded organizations are responsible for participating in an estimated six hours of organizational onboarding in August and VFA and DSF-coordinated check-ins, peer-workshops or technical assistance programming three times each year (estimated to take place in December, March, and June). Additionally, awarded organizations are responsible for submitting an interim and final report to VFA and DSF in August 2021 and August 2022 to illustrate the outcomes of their work.
If your questions aren’t answered here, please feel free to contact VFA Director of Detroit Sarah Craft at email@example.com.