NorthStar Fellowship

Applications now open for the 2019-20 cohort!

Our nine-month professional learning experience is designed to engage youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study of issues facing the field of youth work in Minnesota. Within this learning community, youth workers develop important leadership skills through critical thinking, interviews, study, writing and reflection that influence policy and practice at the individual, organizational and systems level.

The goals of this Practitioner Fellowship are to:

  • Unearth and legitimize practice-based perspectives on emergent issues and tensions to broaden current conversations about youth work.
  • Support a core group of practitioners in the community who will develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities and increase their capacity to represent the field on important issues.
  • Create a space to incubate practiced theory that influences the field.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to explicit education, training, and professional development for youth workers as essential to high quality practice.

Who can participate? 
Strong applicants have the following in common:

  • They are youth work practitioners and program managers with experience in direct service, management, and staff development.
  • They have familiarity with current youth development research, best practices, and professional development offerings.
  • They have a desire to explore youth development practice, professional development, and systems and institutions that impact youth work.

What will fellows receive?

  • $500 stipend with successful completion of all fellowship components, including the published paper
  • Professional development and study delivered through a peer network format
  • Opportunities to engage with local and national youth development leaders
  • An opportunity to advance their leadership and influence within Minnesota’s youth work field

Applications are due by August 16 at midnight.

Find NorthStar Online!

This month, NorthStar rolled out a brand new website! On this new site:, you will find:

  • A full archive of practitioner papers
  • Free online learning modules
  • Event announcements
  • General Youth Work resources
  • Fellowship applications (coming soon!)

Please visit the site and share with others who are passionate about supporting youth workers as leaders!