The True Colors Fund is now accepting applications for the 2018 True Fellowship program. The True Fellowship offers up to five young people ages 18-24 the unique opportunity to execute a six-month project that contributes to a more inclusive world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, and questioning young people are included and affirmed in their identities. Throughout the experience, True Fellows make lasting professional connections, gain hands-on organizing experience, and build their leadership skills.

Applications are open to all 2017 & 2018 40 of the 40 nominees.

The True Fellowship program kicks off with an intensive skills building retreat in New York City. Workshop sessions include but are not limited to: Introduction to Community Organizing, Personal Branding, Digital Advocacy, Project Management, and Introduction to Event Planning. The True Fellows will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field, collaborate with peers, and foster professional development skills.

With the help of True Colors Fund staff, each of the True Fellows will inform and expand the work of our three program areas: Training & Education, Advocacy, and Youth Collaboration. After the selection process, True Fellows will receive nominal payments and expense reimbursements throughout the course of their Fellowship. True Fellows are not employees of the True Colors Fund and any nominal payments or reimbursements given to Fellows are not structured to be competitive with salaries or full-time employment.

True Fellows will be provided with the necessary tools to work on their projects remotely. It is expected that True Fellows will obtain access to reliable internet, either at home or within the community.

*Former True Fellows and current members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness are not eligible.


True Fellows Qualifications

  • I was nominated to be a 40 of the 40 honoree.
  • I identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning.
  • I have former or current experiences of homelessness or unstable housing.
  • I am between the ages of 18-24.
  • I am not a former True Fellow or current NYFH member.
  • If selected, I am available to travel for paid intensive training May 7-11 in New York City.
  • If selected, I commit to working 10 hours per week on my Fellowship project.
  • If selected, I commit to attending the True Colors Fund 2018 40 to None Summit as a presenter in the first week of October (expenses paid).
  • I can submit one letter of recommendation and two references.

Primary Responsibilities of True Fellows

All True Fellows are expected to:

  • Work directly on a True Colors Fund project with the support of a staff person.
  • Attend weekly and monthly check-in meetings with True Colors staff.
  • Maintain timely and accurate records of the project.
  • Keep all scheduled appointments with True Colors Fund staff.
  • Identify and recommend opportunities for continuous improvement of the True Fellowship program

Application Deadline

All materials should be submitted by April 2, 2018. If you have any questions or comments regarding this application, please email [email protected]. We're super stoked to review your applications and learn what an amazing human you are!


Available True Fellowship Opportunities

True Advocacy
True Advocacy Fellow

The True Advocacy Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to act as a national and state representative as it pertains to state administrative and legislative public policy, advocacy, and grassroots movement building.

True Education
True Research Fellow

The True Research Fellowship provides one young person the opportunity to update an educational resource. This Fellowship requires community involvement at both the national and local levels, tapping into experts working on issues that affect youth homelessness through an LGBTQ lens. This resource is a culmination and compilation of the most recent research in the field. The fellow will be conducting outreach to existing and potential contributors, leading the review process with the True Colors Fund team and youth reviewers. The Fellow will have an opportunity to be listed as an editor of the resource upon completion.

True Innovation
True Innovation Fellow

The True Innovation Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to participate in the creation of a technology solution that addresses LGBTQ homelessness. The Fellow will gain experience researching and evaluating existing technologies, developing user stories, and collaborating with other technology professionals across the country.

True Journalism
True Media Fellow

The True Media Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to plan and produce content for a digital media campaign about issues that impact LGBTQ youth. This Fellow will gain experience in digital advocacy, marketing, and project management.

True Production
True Production Fellow

The True Production Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to co-coordinate an event dedicated to the issues surrounding LGBTQ youth homelessness. This True Fellow will gain valuable experience in large-scale event production and peer collaboration.