The Mission Continues Fellowship
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Who is a Mission Continues Fellow?
A Mission Continues Fellow is a post-9/11 veteran who has accepted the challenge to continue serving at home through our Fellowship Program.
What does a Fellowship entail?
A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions. Current and Alumni Fellows have worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans. These host organizations include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.
Throughout the fellowship, each Fellow will have the opportunity to lead a community service project, share their story with others, and inspire their community to take action.
What are the requirements for a fellowship?
Fellows must have served in the United States Military after September 11, 2001, having attained an honorable discharge after a minimum of 24 months of time in military service (unless serious injury was sustained preventing further service). A clean criminal record is also required (individual circumstances may be discussed on a case-by-case basis).
Why should I become a Mission Continues Fellow?
Every Mission Continues Fellow applies to the program for unique reasons. Additional benefits include:
- Connection with other veterans in your community and across the nation by:
- Attending the Fellowship Orientation at the beginning of your six months of service.
- Planning and attending service projects, bringing veterans and civilians together to benefit your community.
- Speaking on behalf of your host organization and The Mission Continues at career fairs, on veterans' panels, or through specific media opportunities.
- Development of professional skills and network
- Translation of military-based skills to civilian workforce
- Utilization of leadership skills in your community, inspiring civilian join your mission of service
- A cost-of-living stipend provided by The Mission Continues.