WOODLAWN in the news
September 23, 2021
Since Woodlawn Foundation's founding in 2010, Woodlawn Foundation's mission has been to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the transformation and revitalization of the Woodlawn community in Birmingham into a vibrant and sustainable community in which its residents have an opportunity to thrive.

The (WE) Lead Fellowship Program was developed to address the Woodlawn Community's gap in access to leadership development opportunities. This 14-week community-focused program seeks to identify individuals who desire to improve their community and give voice to traditionally underrepresented community members. (WE) Lead fellows will engage in weekly training to learn from political, business, and community leaders.

As a cohort, participants will partake in initiatives to address current issues impacting Woodlawn. The program goals for (WE) Lead fellows are:

• Increased participation in formal and informal neighborhood leadership.
• Understanding of complex systemic issues.
• Increased resident participation in community-based organizations while serving in various leadership roles.
• Be connected to a vast network of community and civic leaders.
• An understanding of public/private partnerships and how to leverage funds.


Ideal applicants must demonstrate a commitment to Woodlawn and neighboring communities with a desire to serve their community through positions of impact (e.g., volunteerism, advocacy, non-profit boards, etc.). Each session is an integral part of the program. Participants are required to attend in-person with social distancing and mask required (see COVID disclaimer and waiver) at least 80% or 12 of the 14 sessions to complete the fellowship and receive the program financial stipend successfully. Applications are due Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 5:00 pm. An independent committee of reviewers will review applications.

The 2021-2022 fellowship program year is scheduled as follows:

1. Tuesday, October 19, 2021
2. Tuesday, November 2, 2021
3. Tuesday, November 16, 2021
4. Tuesday, December 7, 2021
5. Tuesday, January 4, 2022
6. Tuesday, January 18, 2022
7. Tuesday, February 1, 2022
8. Tuesday, February 15, 2022
9. Tuesday, March 1, 2022
10. Tuesday, March 15, 2022
11. Tuesday, March 29, 2022
12. Tuesday, April 12, 2022
13. Tuesday, April 26, 2022
14. Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Each session will take place from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Contact Information:

Please submit your application and resume to Jason Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, via email at, mail to 5529 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, 35212, or to arrange a physical drop-off, please email or call (205) 500-6963 to speak with Jason by Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 5:00 pm. Program fellows will be announced on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

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