Youth are historically disengaged and counted out of the electoral process. In Chicago, we need leaders who will be the vanguards of issue based topics that mostly impact millennials, Get Z and future generations to come. This is why Chicago Votes was founded.
On December 26th, 2018 we lost one of our founding members, Brian Sleet. Brian was dedicated to empowering a new generation of Black political change makers, which is why he helped found Chicago Votes and cared so deeply about our work. In honor of Brian and the values he held; his loved ones have created the Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship for Leadership and Advocacy.
Brian was a proud member of the Whitney Young community, where his love of politics began. This fellowship is specifically for a high school senior that exemplifies the values & characteristics upheld by our late board member. The Memorial Fellowship traditionally takes place during summer and provides 1, young leader with hands on skills in grassroots organizing and advocacy. In 2022, we will pilot a year long fellowship that begins in the fall semester, resumes during the spring semester, and ends with a summer fellowship.
Want to learn more about Brian Sleet and the Sleet Fellowship? Check out the job description at www.chicagovotes.com
Graduating seniors that identify as African American are encouraged to apply! This year's Brian Sleet Memorial Fellowship will begin in September of 2022 and will conclude in August 2023.