About The Program
The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program was founded by friends and family of the late Eli J. Segal. The Program aims to serve as a platform for citizen leadership, community building, and leadership development for young people who advance change for the common good. The Program is a part of the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School, Brandeis University, Eli's alma mater.
The Segal Leadership Network is a community dedicated to developing citizens who will lead social change for the common good. In addition to the Fellows selected for service and management fellowships at Brandeis University, Segal Fellows are selected to become part of this Network by AmeriCorps Alums, City Year, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Center for Youth and Communities. Fellows become a lifetime members of the Segal Network, more than 400 people members, including Founders and supporters. Annual retreats and other gatherings are designed to develop leadership skills, foster a sense of community, and build relationships between fellows. Ultimately, the goal is to build a community of Fellows committed to helping each other succeed as citizen leaders, and make the experience of being a Segal Fellow a recognized and valued credential – signifying important leadership qualities, significant developmental experiences, and the support of a network of talented people.
The Eli J. Segal Citizen Service and Management Fellowships support summer internships for Brandeis undergraduates and Heller School Master’s in Public Policy students, and a two-year full-time management fellowship. All fellows are supported by Segal founders who serve as coaches. In addition, fellow become part of the ongoing Segal Leadership Network described above. The students selected for the service fellowships work during one summer at private, nonprofit, and public organizations committed to purpose-driven missions. Organizations that have hosted Segal Service Fellows include: Center for Progressive Leadership, City Year, Health Care for All, Senator Kennedy's Health Policy Office, Chairman Markey’s Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Share Our Strength, Teach for America, and Jobs for the Future.