Through the Education and Youth Development Fellowship, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, students spend the summer working with community partners to support summer youth programs and/or address youth and education-related issues. Funding is also available for students to work with organizations serving people with disabilities that impair learning. For opportunities during the fall, winter, or spring quarters, please see the Jane Stanford Fellowship.
Each Education & Youth Development Fellow receives a base stipend of $5,500 to cover most of the essential costs associated with an unpaid service experience. Financial aid and supplemental funding is available to students who qualify.
Visit this page for information on previous fellows' projects.
Students planning to work in education and youth development this summer or preparing to teach in the future should consider enrolling in EDUC 102: Examining Social Structures, Power and Educational Access. Interested students can contact instructors Priscila Garcia or Sophia Kim.
This fellowship is made possible by the Mosle Family Cardinal Quarter Fund, the Pritzker Family Cardinal Quarter Gift Fund, the Westly Fellowship Fund, and Haas Center donors as part of the Cardinal Quarter program.
Prearranged Fellowship Placements for Summer 2020
The following are prearranged Education and Youth Development fellowship placements for the summer of 2020. Detailed position descriptions are included in the Word document at the bottom of this webpage.
Spring Initiative, Clarksdale, MS:
Spring Initiative empowers young people in the Mississippi Delta to beat the odds, access the opportunities they deserve, and build successful, happy, and hopeful lives for themselves. Spring Initiative is a dynamic grassroots and community-based non-profit organization that has rapidly grown over the last 8+ years, doing holistic and long-term work with students ages 6-21 who face the hardest academic, social-emotional, and behavioral challenges. Located in Clarksdale and serving all of Coahoma County, Spring Initiative operates in a small town setting surrounded by tiny rural communities - all telling the histories of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, Jim Crow, resistance, strategic activism, the Civil Rights Movement, sustained lack of investment, passionate community organizing, and spiritual/political fellowship. The Mississippi Delta lies an hour south of Memphis and 4 hours north of New Orleans - it is 80% African-American and largely votes Democratic, as opposed to most of Mississippi, which is 60% white and has been voting Republican. The Delta’s schools are the worst-performing educational entities in the US state that is most affected by poverty and trauma.
It is in this fascinatingly complex, heartbreakingly difficult, and beautifully resilient context that Spring Initiative commits long-term to its students who are brilliant and full of promise - where the students and their families are the agents of change for their own and their community’s future.
Cardinal Quarter (CQ) Fellows Should Expect:
- Tasks: Each CQ Fellow will be assigned to one age group (16 students) and will assist the two cohort leaders in planning, running, and processing all cohort activities. During the summer, this means conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions with students in the mornings, full group programming in the afternoon, and planning/processing before and after the program. They will help with frequent day and over-night trips. Throughout the year, the planning/processing is done in the morning and the programs are conducted after-school and on some weekends.
- Responsibilities: CQ Fellows will participate in various activities to connect with the community beyond their work at Spring Initiative. They will meet local leaders, join in community discussions, and actively learn about the South’s and the Delta’s history.
- Option: CQ Fellows can choose to take on an organizational capacity-building project for the duration of their fellowship, e.g., organize a fundraiser, elevate branding, develop curriculum, plan training/event.
CQ Fellows will receive assistance from Spring Initiative in finding an apartment and transportation for the duration of the Cardinal Quarter experience. Fellows will participate in travel to Spring Initiative student trip destinations. Students can email Anja Thiessen (email@example.com) or summer 2019 fellows Rachel Vaughan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sarah Sterling (email@example.com), or Kalea Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions! Selected fellows must begin work at Spring Initiative on Monday, June 22nd.
Kainos, Redwood City, CA
Kainos Home and Training Center (Kainos), a non-profit in Redwood City, is looking for a Stanford Intern this Summer 2020 to work on an individualized legacy project(s) for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kainos has been fortunate to have had student interns work within our Day Program, Community Connections, the last few years working on legacy projects, such as, Design and implementation of learning assessment tools, development of an intranet, development of curriculum classes for educational and vocational learning and/or leading a group of clients throughout the bay area in various recreational and educational activities. The legacy project and work schedule (within the hours of M-F 8am-4pm) is developed with the Program Manager and customized for the interest and educational goals of each intern.
Who We Are:
Kainos Home & Training Center was founded in 1974 to serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kainos is a Greek word meaning “a new beginning”. Presently, we serve over 150 adults ages 18 and above, who live in Southern San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara Counties. Kainos Home and Training Center offers holistic services from Residential Services to Day Programs to Supported Living Skills Services.
Our programs and services have been specifically developed to teach self-sufficiency and independence with the mission of enabling each individual we serve to maximize his or her potential while becoming active, contributing integrated members of the community. Kainos prides itself on our focus on the individual consumer and Person Centered Planning, developing individualized goals for our consumers instead of molding our consumers to fit subjective goals set forth for the needs of the program.
- Passion for the Kainos mission
- Experience working with persons with an intellectual disability is preferred.
- Excellent oral and written skills.
- Ability to effectively supervise clients on various production jobs and related tasks.
- Demonstrates the ability to effectively work well with others.
- Demonstrates excellent organizational skills, excellent work ethic, good sound judgment and problem solving skills
For more details:
For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.
Currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities. Graduating seniors are only eligible for Round 2 opportunities if funding is available, and the Round 2 deadline may be in April. Students who have begun their coterm programs are not eligible to apply.
Selected Education & Youth Development Fellows are expected to begin service after the conclusion of spring quarter and no later than July 6, 2020. All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 35 hours/week for nine consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows are expected to work on-site with their host organization, and have a designated full-time professional staff member on-site as their supervisor/mentor. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:
- Complete the program orientation.
- Attend the Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop.
- Identify and meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Design a personal learning plan for the summer and share the plan with community partner and academic mentor.
- Submit a brief preliminary report.
- Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.
- Meet with academic mentor at least once.
- Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating summer experiences.
- Participate in outreach activities in conjunction with the Haas Center to share the experience and help publicize the program.
For those who seek assistance, advising is available to help students develop their applications. This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate
- an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
- prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
- a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
- strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge
Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by a committee with the intention to award fellowships prior to spring break. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.