Event Recap

On March 16, 2024, Ann Bancroft, founder of the Ann Bancroft Foundation, addressed a circle of Trailblazer Fellows, stating, "Get lost. Don't be afraid to stir the pot a little bit. I get lost all the time. I'm still scared of trying new things." This event marked the conclusion of the inaugural cohort of the Trailblazer Fellowship and the kickoff for the 2024-2025 cohort. The Trailblazer Fellowship, now in its second year, has produced 18 Fellows from previous grantees, who are currently in 9th to 12th grade. These Fellows engage in deeper connections with a higher grant amount, providing a head start on their road to independence, college, and career.

Cohort 1 reflected on the year, while Cohort 2 members met each other for the first time and began planning for the year. Both cohorts then came together to learn about each other’s interests and goals and enjoyed a dialogue circle discussion with Ann.

The afternoon of learning and engagement concluded with a reception that included their parents or guardians, mentors, and supporters.

Executive Director, Ethelind Kaba and Program Coordinator, Lauren Skar, recognized the eight 2023-2024 Trailblazer Fellows in completing the year-long cohort program, and Fellows shared their final storytelling projects. Partnered with the Wildling, Cohort 1 was highlighted in the “Imagine Something Bigger” time capsule in 2023, where they were asked to share how they dream. To learn more about the Wildling and listen to other Trailblazer stories, click here.

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