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We recently heard about an interesting leadership and development opportunity for young people that we think might suit some of our NCDD members or their connections well. The Thrive Fellows program, coordinated by Generation Waking Up, is accepting nominations for young people until June 10th and applications until June 15th, so we encourage you to learn more and nominate young leaders as soon as possible. You can read about the program below or find more information here

Thrive Fellows: A Year-Long Leadership Program in Social Innovation

July 2014 to June 2015
Apply or Nominate today!

We are living at a critical moment in history, facing complex challenges like no generation before and holding a profound opportunity to remake our world. It is a time that is calling for system-thinkers, bridge-builders, and creative innovators with bold new approaches to social change.

The Thrive Fellows program is a transformative “leadership-in-action” journey that supports a diverse cohort of young leaders in designing and implementing social innovation projects toward a thriving, just, and sustainable world. Social innovation is the process of generating novel and creative solutions to complex challenges. As Buckminster Fuller aptly stated, “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

Each Thrive Fellow will embark upon a yearlong journey that includes personal development, team building, community engagement, collective learning, and collaborative action, by applying the most promising tools and capacities of our time to generate creative solutions to complex challenges.


  • Join a network of dynamic young leaders, changemakers, and innovators
  • Develop leadership skills for creating personal, interpersonal, and social change
  • Deepen your understanding of the interconnection of issue areas and how to create systemic change
  • Learn how to turn your ideas into action and create collective impact
  • Co-lead a social innovation project to address complex challenges
  • Receive mentoring from leading experts across multiple sectors of society
  • Connect your local efforts with wider movements of social change
  • Establish a Thrive chapter on your campus or in your community


Young people ages 16 to 29 based in North America who are committed to growing as a leader and bringing social innovation to your campus and/or community. We strongly recommend finding one other person from your campus or community to apply too in order to strengthen the success and impact of your fellowship. If you are interested in applying as an international participant, please contact us at thrive@generationwakingup.org.

Additional criteria for becoming a Thrive Fellows include:

  • Passion for growing personally and creating social change
  • Representing a campus, community, or place-based context for implementing an ongoing social innovation project
  • An ability to commit an average of 6 – 10 hours a week
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and potential, ideally with a track record in community service, social activism, or social entrepreneurship
  • A willingness to cover and/or help raise the funds needed for your tuition cost
  • A commitment to diversity & team collaboration


Application deadline is June 15th. Fill out an online training application here. Our team will contact you to confirm your participation.


Nomination deadline is June 10th. If you know an ideal candidate, please fill out an online nomination form here. Our team will contact you to confirm your nomination.

If you have questions or want to know more, please visit www.generationwakingup.org/thrivefellows or contact Joshua Gorman at joshua@generationwakingup.org.

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Roshan Bliss
An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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