Gabriela Sanchez (ACG '16) is among 20 community leaders from cities across the nation selected to participate in Emerging City Champions Fellowship Program. She will produce a multi-disciplinary live theatre program in a public space that will create culturally-resonating performances that celebrate the voices of women and girls of color and foster intergenerational dialogues.
The program provides leadership development and funding for young civic innovators with unique solutions to improve public spaces, transportation and civic engagement in their cities. Now in its fourth year, the program is led by 8 80 Cities, a nonprofit organization based in Toronto, Canada, and funded by the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation.
Emerging City Champions is open to young people between the ages of 19-35 in the 26 communities where Knight invests. Each year, hundreds of people apply to participate in the program. Submissions are evaluated based on the potential impact of the project idea, demonstrated capacity and leadership qualities of the applicant and level of innovation applied to the challenge.
The successful applicants receive $5,000 to implement one project and are supported with ongoing mentorship and leadership training for one year.