If you are a college or graduate student involved in the pro-life movement, I strongly encourage you to apply for the Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship, a free program offered by Students for Life of America. Applications are due June 18, and SFLA will announce their selections on June 30. The year-long program begins in late July.
2011-2012 will be the second year of the Wilberforce Leadership Fellowship. I am one of the 2010-2011 fellows, and it has been an incredible experience.
It kicked off with a trip to SFLA headquarters in Arlington, VA (travel expenses paid), where we had two days of intense training. We were each assigned an adult mentor from a highly regarded pro-life organization. (Both secular and religoius organizations were represented.) Throughout the year, we've been reading materials about how to be better leaders, and discussing the readings in twice-monthly conference calls. These readings offer very practical advice, which I think has made me a better president for Secular Pro-Life.
All of that is great, but I have to say that the best part has been getting to know the other Wilberforce fellows. We love bouncing ideas off of one another. I am so happy to call them my friends.
Is it a time commitment? You bet-- and it's unquestionably worth it.