Become a Saheli Youth Fellow

The Saheli Youth Leadership Fellowship is a year-long opportunity that provides high school students with the capacity to engage with a diverse range of South Asian issues. Youth Fellows will get the chance to attend virtual workshops on topics like healthy relationships and mental health, write blogs to start important dialogues within the South Asian community and be a part of a close cohort of social justice-minded individuals who are devoted to service in their everyday lives.

The fellowship will culminate in a virtual summit at the end of the fellowship term, where Saheli staff members, guest speakers, and fellows will gather to celebrate the work of Youth Fellows with Saheli. In addition to the above duties, Youth Fellows will also be separated into smaller groups where they will be mentored by a college student volunteer and will have access to a number of social events throughout the year to foster a greater sense of community within the fellowship cohort. Upon completion of the Saheli Youth Leadership Fellowship, Youth Fellows will be awarded 20 hours of community service.


  • In order to be a Youth Fellow, applicants must be in grades 9-12 during the fellowship term. 
  • All immigrants or children of immigrants are welcome to apply. Youth from Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Afghanistani, Nepalese, Arab/Middle Eastern, Sri Lankan, or other API communities are encouraged to apply. 
  • Youth Fellows must be able to commit to attending 12 of the 14 virtual workshops offered. Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of Saheli. 
  • Youth Fellows must be able to complete at least one blog post or report per month, as well as 3 different projects that will be specifically assigned to each student (the student will have some choice in which projects they work on). 

The application for the Saheli Youth Leadership Fellowship is due on October 1st at 11:59 pm