Leading Men Fellowship

Unlocking potential and changing the narrative by engaging young men of color as early childhood educators.

Leading Men Fellowship

The Literacy Lab launched the Leading Men Fellowship in 2016 in partnership with DC Public Schools with support from the DC Public Education Fund. Through the Leading Men Fellowship, The Literacy Lab is providing young men of color who are recent high school graduates with a year-long, high-impact opportunity to explore a career in education while dramatically increasing literacy skills for young children.

Addressing Three Pressing Challenges

Increasing Kindergarten Readiness

Leading Men Fellows are trained to implement interventions to prepare pre-K children for Kindergarten. Fellows are trained and coached to work in one pre-K classroom for the entire school year, leading to significant gains for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Creating Rigorous Opportunities

Young men who are recent high school graduates have access to a rigorous, paid, career-focused experience where they can be a part of the solution. Fellows are paid a living wage to serve as early literacy tutors five days per week and receive supports to develop professionally.

Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline

Young men are exposed to a career in early childhood education, helping to diversify the high-quality teacher pipeline in the long run. Fellows participate in a residency-style, cohort-based program to expose them to a variety of opportunities and experiences.

Become a Fellow. Change the narrative.

The Literacy Lab is actively recruiting applicants for the Leading Men Fellowship for 2018-19 school year cohorts in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Applicants must be recent graduates or seniors graduating in 2018 from public high schools.

Apply to be a Fellow