(12/20/2018)

Civic Leaders from the Foundation's 2018 program
gather in front of the PACF's office in Parkersburg

Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities! Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on May 31, 2019 and ending on July 19, 2019. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns. Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.

To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one year of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF's service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio. The student application is available on the Foundation's website and must be submitted by February 8, 2019.

During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.

Wood County resident Megan Hardway participated in the Foundation's Civic Leaders Fellowship Program 2014 - 2016. Through the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program, she was introduced and placed at the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, where she was actively engaged in the day-to-day operations of the Chamber preparing releases, planning events, and serving as liaison for Chamber members. A 2016 graduate of West Virginia University, Hardway returned to the area to join the Chamber as a full-time staff member!

"The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program was a wonderful way to gain knowledge and experience in my field, as well as explore volunteer opportunities available close to home," said Hardway.

The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2019. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost. In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment. Organizations throughout the PACF's service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students. The host application is also available on the Foundation's website and must be submitted by March 15, 2019.

To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit   www.pacfwv.com Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF's Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Mindi Line, at  Mindi.Line@pacfwv.com


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