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Young Invincibles Announces Second Year of Summer Fellowship Program for College Students, “YI Scholars,” in Partnership With Cognosante Foundation

December 17, 2015

Contact: Sarah Schultz,, 202-734-6510

Young Invincibles Announces Second Year of Summer Fellowship Program for College Students, “YI Scholars,” in Partnership With Cognosante Foundation

[Washington, DC] — Young Invincibles, a national Millennial research and advocacy organization, and the Cognosante Foundation, the charitable arm of Cognosante, are pleased to announce year two of the YI Scholars Program. Launched in March 2015, the fellowship program offers first-generation college students the opportunity to join the Young Invincibles team in working on today’s most pressing economic issues facing young adults.

YI Scholars build a range of skills related to research and public policy, communications, community organizing and business. Scholars serve as integral members of Young Invincibles departments for the 10-week program, helping to support research projects, policy initiatives, digital and traditional media strategies, on-the-ground organizing, issue advocacy campaigns, consulting and beyond.

This summer, the class will increase from last years’ five fellows to eight: four fellows will participate in the program from the Young Invincibles Washington, D.C. office, two fellows from the Chicago, IL office, and an additional two from the Houston, TX office. Chicago and Houston YI Scholars will fly to Washington, D.C. to meet with their fellow Scholars, staff and the Cognosante Foundation, and to participate in other activities at the beginning and end of the program.

The Cognosante Foundation is funding the program and will work closely with the YI Scholars throughout the summer.

The YI Scholars Program provides a $5,000 summer stipend for fellows, giving strong preference to first-generation college students, and prioritizing students from underrepresented communities. The program will also cover the cost of travel to and from D.C., Houston, and Chicago. Applicants must show a strong academic record, leadership potential, an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in our issue areas. After completing the program, Scholars will become part of a Scholars’ Alumni Program to ensure that they continue to engage with other young leaders going forward.

“Building on the success of last year’s launch, we’re excited for our program expansion. The YI Scholars program is a great opportunity for us to work with the next generation of young leaders, helping them build the skills they’ll need to join the effort in bettering opportunity for our generation and elevating the voices of young adults on the national stage,” said Jen Mishory, Executive Director of Young Invincibles.

“The Cognosante Foundation is committed to developing opportunities for young people and the underrepresented,” said Michele Kang, founder and CEO of Cognosante and the President of the Cognosante Foundation. “We saw firsthand the positive impact of last year’s YI Scholars Program, and we are pleased to partner again with Young Invincibles to not only offer but expand the 2016 program.”

More details about the program can be found here. Please be in touch if you have any questions.

About Young Invincibles:
Young Invincibles is a policy and advocacy organization committed to expanding economic opportunity for Millennials, young adults ages 18 to 34, and to amplifying the voices of our generation. Young Invincibles works to ensure that young adults are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo. For more information about Young Invincibles please visit