The fellowship initiative

A leadership program that helps develop young men of color for college-readiness.

This leadership program is designed to help fellows acquire the skills, knowledge, experience, networks, and other resources they need to succeed academically and professionally through a three year-long mentorship program.

High school students are eligible to participate in the program, which includes:

Saturday Sessions – a full day of learning activities in JPMorgan Chase’s offices three Saturdays a month during the school year

Learning Intensives – special sessions and projects during school breaks and during the summer to build key academic, professional and leadership skills

College tours and visits

Community service projects

Establishing a lasting network

By participating in The Fellowship Initiative, young men of color have the opportunity to build a strong network with other young leaders in the program and professionals from multiple career sectors.

Eligibility requirements and desired characteristics for TFI Fellows:

Male student of color, currently enrolled in the 10th grade in a Dallas ISD high school

At least a C grade average, or a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

A commitment to academic achievement

Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges

A strong interest in attending and graduating from a 4-year college/university

Interest and a track record of leadership and public service


Impact of The Fellowship Initiative

40 youth served annually
11603 student learning hours annually
74% of participants improved their writing skills in one or more traits over the course of the program

Participating in The Fellowship Initiative:

Applications for the next cohort will be available in mid April.

Refer a potential Fellow

Nominate yourself as a potential Fellow

thank you jpmorgan chase

Big Thought is grateful to JPMorgan Chase for their vision and support of this program. To date, more than 200 JPMorgan Chase employees have worked with TFI Fellows as mentors, coaches, role models, speakers, or volunteers in various capacities. Since its launch in 2010, the program has been expanded and will recruit new classes of Fellows in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s involvement.