This program catalyzes economic advancement within under-resourced communities by simultaneously:
Through the fellowship, students develop communication and critical-thinking skills, along with policy, design, and project management skills through real-life, hands-on learning. The cohort structure will give students weekly time to practice complex decision-making, get active feedback from each other and practice creative problem solving in a collaborative setting.
The fellowship will run three cohorts a year. Each cohort will tackle a different business district improvement project. Projects will be selected by an advisory committee consisting of local business owners and Marty Medina and Tom Hamilton, San Bruno council members who are on the Downtown Business Improvement Committee.
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Projects will be informed by community needs and will include topics such as business district marketing, facade improvement, bringing events to the downtown area, or implementing street scaping. Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend for participating in and completing the fellowship. The Fellowship requires a five-hour-a-week commitment for participation and prioritizes students who are pursuing professional careers and demonstrate economic need.