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 housed at the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School at Brandeis University, Eli's alma mater.
The Segal Program has three integrated components: The Segal Leadership Network; the Segal Service and Management Fellowships; and the Segal Citizen Leadership Lecture.
READ the 2011 Segal Program Annual Report here! (and see below for prior year annual reports)
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 the service and management fellowships at Brandeis University, Segal Fellows are selected each year 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. All fellows are expected to participate in the Network throughout their careers. They are supported by the over 400 people who, as program Founders and supporters, participate as network members. 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, they 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.
The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Lecture was launched in 2007, when former President William Jefferson Clinton delivered the inaugural lecture to over 5,000 people. In March 2011, Melody Barnes, Director of Domestic Policy, delivered the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Lecture, which serve as a platform for new and innovative ideas about citizen leadership and national service.