We are honored to welcome twenty-two extraordinary AIF Clinton Fellows, each of whom brings her or his own diverse interests to the cohort. Beginning September, during their 10-month long service, the new Fellows will be working in diverse areas including education, livelihoods, health, organic agriculture, climate action, inclusion, refugee empowerment, market linkages, storytelling and digital media.
Since inception, AIF Clinton Fellows have completed around 500 service projects, devoting more than one million hours of service to communities, families and projects in India. The AIF Clinton Fellowship provides skilled and talented youth from USA and India with the opportunity to catalyze positive change in civil society. Their projects are motivated by the urgent social and development challenges that India faces, and also the unprecedented opportunity that tools of service learning provide. We are building a community to nurture creativity at the intersection of diverse fields. Fellows and mentors create an environment where they support each other create greater impact, and learn and evolve together.
The program identifies a select group of credible, high-impact NGOs, utilizing the broader AIF network, primarily in the areas of public health, education, and livelihoods. Together, AIF Clinton Fellows and NGO leaders form dynamic partnerships to exchange technical skills and knowledge, as well as passion and commitment.
In order to accelerate impact, projects are identified that are replicable, scalable and sustainable. Best practices are shared amongst this network to advance a larger, organized social change agenda. As a diverse group of full-time youth from the USA and India who are passionate about working with the community, AIF Clinton Fellows are dedicated to addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time through community-based service.
Since 2001, close to 500 young Americans and Indians have worked with over 210 Indian NGOs and social enterprises through the AIF Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. Alumni have become transformative leaders & entrepreneurs in business, international development, academia, journalism and other fields. Alumni have also served to guide the incoming Fellows every year, thus building a robust network of socially engaged global citizens.
– Rowena Kay Mascarenhas