2022 Journey Fellowship for Explorers in Youth Work

Location: Indianapolis, IN Experience Type: Professional Development Experience

About the Program

The Journey Fellowship for Explorers in Youth Work is a comprehensive program offering personal grounding and professional immersion experiences, education and credentialing opportunities to those exploring careers working with youth.

Explorers will join a team and with the support of a guide and Journey Staff, work to develop a Professional Development Plan that may include:

  • Obtaining a Child & Youth Care Credential
  • Youth Work Education through the Foundations Course
  • Paid Internships
  • Trainings & Classes
  • Creation of a Professional Portfolio
  • Mentorship & Coaching

Through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, The Journey helps students develop a meaningful career path based on their unique gifts and passion. The program is designed to provide time, space and resources for Fellows to:

  • better ground themselves in who they are;
  • connect with other explorers who share similar career interests;
  • and be inspired to consider what they can do to positively impact the lives of young people.

Who Are Journey Explorers?

  • College Students, from any year and major, who are interested in careers in the field of youth work.
  • Part-Time Youth Workers who are engaged in the field and thinking about making youth work a full-time job.
  • Volunteers to Youth Serving Organizations ready to make a commitment to grow in the field

If you fit the description of a Journey Explorer, or work with a population who fits that description and would like to learn more, please contact: Melinda Bowman Director of the Journey Fellowship for Explorers in Youth Work Email: melinda@thejourneyonline.org

Unique Opportunities for Fellows

  • Attend 2 in-person overnight retreats focused on grounding and self awareness; exploring career possibilities; and engaging in community-based youth work
  • Experience quiet moments for self-reflection on values, passions, interests, hopes and dreams
  • Develop a personalized Professional Development Plan
  • Receive career and professional development guidance from a mentor
  • Apply classroom learning to meaningful youth-serving programs
  • Learn about the job opportunities within the field of youth development
  • Engage with the larger Journey Fellowship community of Professional Youth Workers

Program Structure

  • The selection process includes an application to ensure that explorers are appropriately informed about participation requirements and possess the skills and desire to work with youth
  • Applications will be accepted through April 19, 2022
  • Applicants will be screened by The Journey staff and program partners who will announce Fellow Selection by April 29,2022
  • Fellows who are accepted into the program are expected to fully participate in all scheduled events

2022 Dates

  • May 21-22: 2-Day Kick-Off Retreat (1overnight) held in Central IN
  • May-November: Professional Development Plan and 6 meetings with Explorer Team & Guide
  • November 5-6: 2-Day Celebration Retreat (1 overnight) held in Central IN

Program Commitment:

  • Attend 2 Journey Retreats
  • Attend 6 Explorer Team Meetings – each team will schedule their own meetings
  • Complete your Professional Development Plan – which we will work with you to create and financially support

Interested in The Journey Fellowship for Explorers?

Visit: www.thejourneyonline.org | Contact: Melinda Bowman atmelinda@thejourneyonline.org

Experience Information

Lilly Endowment
Start Date
May 21, 2022
End Date
Nov 6, 2022
Apply By
Apr 19, 2022
Decision Date
Apr 29, 2022
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