What is the EGF Accelerator?
The EGF Accelerator, now thirteen-years-old, is a long-term residential and remote incubator for early-stage to mid-stage nonprofits and national organizations expanding to New York. It is funded by the Edwin Gould Foundation. Current and former organizations include Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), Genesys Works NY, uAspire, OneGoal, College Spring, Opportunity Network, Breakthrough New York and Quill.org.
What is The EGF Accelerator Fellows Program?
The EGF Accelerator Fellows Program is a 16 week, 6 hours per week, fully remote, paid talent-development program for people who have ideas about ways to improve outcomes for young people in New York City and are seeking ways to advance their thinking and connect to a robust network.
“Improving outcomes for young people” is a broad category. What kinds of ideas are you looking for?
broad because we want to bring in lots of new and different ideas. Primarily, you should be deeply concerned about a social problem related (even tangentially) to education and equity and have an idea of how you might go about addressing it.
But here are the type of ideas we brainstormed: For example, did you ever wonder why boys in public elementary school in Hunts Point are so far below grade level in reading? And wonder if you could change that? Have an idea on how to promote more gifted education in low-income neighborhoods? Or how to redefine the notion of gifted all together? Thinking about how to make sure kids in under-resourced communities get access to scientific thinking through hands on lab experiments? Wondering how to beef up early literacy in home-based preschools? Do you have a vision for creating an organization promoting career pathway for hardworking students who can’t afford or don’t chose to go to college? What about a new internship program where one doesn’t exist?
But we want to hear your ideas! Problem-solvers focused on the New York and the wider metropolitan area are preferred but in these remote times, we will consider applicants from around the country.
When Are The Key Dates and Deadlines and Times?
We are no longer taking applications for the first cohort. The program starts the first week in February. The full group program will be offered between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. one day per week, depending on the needs of the group. The other four hours a week (independent reading and small group meetings) will be scheduled by the group.
Who Should Apply to the EGF Accelerator Fellows Program?
The purpose of the program is to cultivate a cohort of dynamic individuals -- including BIPOC, those with limited access to financial capital, undocumented people, and those from traditionally marginalized communities -- who have new ideas and innovative approaches to addressing educational inequity in New York City and beyond. No previous experience working in the nonprofit sector required.
If I’m accepted into the program, what will I receive?
Each Fellow will receive expert mentoring, a powerful curriculum, dynamic speakers, workshops, leadership opportunities, an experienced mentor, and an ongoing sounding board of smart, thoughtful, colleagues dedicated helping each person enhance their assets, build their confidence while growing their network of friends, advisors, and supporters. You will also get $7,500 and some swag.
If I’m accepted into the Fellows program, what will I be expected to do?
Do the pre-reading (about a two hours a week.) Attend every workshop (two hours per week) and meeting with your cohort and mentor (two hours per week.) Participate whole-heartedly, thoughtfully and with respect for the other Fellows (with camera and microphone on.) Answer surveys promptly with a mindset of improving the program for the next class of Fellows. Strive to be mentally flexible, take chances and be kind.
If I become an EGF Accelerator Fellow and start a nonprofit, will it be housed in the EGF Accelerator?
We consider every EGF Accelerator applicant on an individual basis.
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