TFI’s design and approach reflect the principles of positive youth development, applying these principles to the particular challenges and barriers facing young men of color. During each TFI program year, a team of staff, mentors, and partners delivers a diverse array of out-of-school activities and supports (including academic enrichment and skill development, college guidance and preparation, and professional and leadership development) all explicitly aimed at helping fellows complete high school, persist in college, and succeed in their subsequent careers.
TFI’s asset-based approach emphasizes skill building, socioemotional health, and personal development in key areas that contribute to academic success including planning and goal setting, decision making, collaboration, communication, self-awareness, and accountability. This is achieved through ongoing coaching from the program managers and mentors, as well as structured peer learning and supportive experiences.
TFI PARTICIPANT BENEFITS
TFI leaders and staff respect the level of investment that each Fellow must commit to. In return, TFI Fellows receive:
Four dedicated staff members available to Fellows during and after programming
Individual Mentors from professional community
Therapy and Counseling services
College Advising and Application Support
Beach Days, Waterparks, Sporting Events, Performances, Movie Nights & more!
Full Business Suit, Professional Attire and Grooming Supplies
Laptop Computer and Accessories
Breakfast and Lunch during Saturday Sessions
SAT Prep Course
In the world of finance, leaders often make decisions by calculating the ROI, or return on investment. Every action, commitment, or choice requires an investment--time, money, effort, resources--that will lead to some kind of benefit--enjoyment, advancement, wealth, satisfaction.
This idea is not just useful in business; ROI can be a way of recognizing the true cost of a decision, as well as identifying the potential benefits that may result. Participation in The Fellowship Initiative is a major commitment for a young person to make. DiscoverU encourages candidates and their caretakers to seriously consider the program requirements before applying.
TFI Fellows must invest: