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Announcing the 2023 AFC Future Leaders Fellowship Cohort

The American Federation for Children is pleased to announce our 2023 Future Leaders Fellowship cohort. This twelve-month advocacy training program is for graduates of publicly created K-12 school choice programs and is designed to identify and develop tomorrow’s leaders in the school choice movement. This marks our fourth cohort of the Fellowship program, which launched in 2019.

This year’s cohort features ten students who hail from seven states, with private and charter school backgrounds. These dynamic young leaders are on their way to achieving great things and have already been directly involved in school choice efforts in their respective states, most recently in Iowa during the run-up to the successful passage of its universal ESA.

Throughout National School Choice Week, last week, and next week, our Fellows will have made a difference from coast to coast, including:

  • Testifying at official legislative hearings: 8 Fellows across 4 states
  • Appearing at public events: 12 Fellows across 6 states
  • Appearing or published in media: 3 Fellows across 3 states, with more interviews to be published soon

We are confident the 2023 cohort will join previous cohorts in becoming tomorrow’s leaders in the school choice movement, and we are proud to support and work alongside them.

The American Federation for Children is dedicated to elevating the voices and perspectives of tomorrow’s school choice leaders. We are thrilled to continue this critical work with our 2023 cohort!

Statement from Tommy Schultz, CEO of American Federation for Children:

“The Future Leaders Fellowship is an inspiring and unique program that adds immeasurable value to our movement with each new cohort. Elevating the voices of those most impacted by the policies we pursue is one of our most important goals, and we are thrilled to have had the chance to support Fellows in testifying to legislatures, speaking at rallies, appearing in media and in print, and going on to work full-time in the movement. I can’t wait to see all that the 2023 cohort will accomplish.”

Read more about our 2023 Future Leaders Fellows here.


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