“The Blue Ridge Lab Fellowship was an incredibly valuable experience for me. The program opened my eyes to the many different aspects of poverty reduction and allowed me to make a real impact in my community.”
Jake Smalls – Design Fellow
Cat Xu – Product Fellow
“One of the most helpful parts of the Fellowship is the Robin Hood network and getting plugged into other organizations that Robin Hood funds - from nonprofits to charter schools to public institutions across the city. This instantly jumpstarted our research and ecosystem understanding in our early days.”
Wenimo Okoya – Expert Fellow
"The BRL Fellowship changed the trajectory of my career. I went from an individual contributor to a founder in 14 weeks. I know that the core of making change in my community is responding to their needs and creating a solution that solves the problem as they describe it. With my community and the support of BRL, Healing Schools Project was transformed from a seedling of dream to a reality."
Thomas Officer – Design Fellow
"What is it like to spend 5 months with talented strangers, surrounded by whiteboards, bashing your head against a problem? That deserves its own blog post. For now, let me say that it was chaos. Beautiful, exciting, frustrating, and ultimately productive chaos."
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Who we're looking for
Applications are open to individuals with a background in tech. development, expertise in poverty related issues, or lived experience and a commitment to solving real problems communities experiencing poverty face.