Return to Headlines

Lead for America comes to Poughkeepsie

Lead for Poughkeepsie logo

Joining other organizations in Poughkeepsie, the Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) has signed on as a placement site for the newly created Lead for Poughkeepsie. Lead for Poughkeepsie, an affiliate of a Lead for America, will be placing young professional ages 21-30 to serve in a 2-year full-time placement within social impact organization. Poughkeepsie organizations also signed on as placement sites are The Art Effect, Hudson River Housing, The Academy, and Nubian Directions II.

“Poughkeepsie City School District joining the Lead for Poughkeepsie initiative is another strategy we are employing to strengthen the bridge between community and school. While serving in the Atlanta Public Schools, I was responsible for managing a similar partnership, where AmeriCorps members amplified the districts efforts in connecting critical services and programs to families, which in many instances served as the catalyst for students finding in-school success” shared Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, superintendent of schools. 

The Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow will support The Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet (PCC), which serves as a local coordinating body co-chaired by the Mayor Rolison and Dr. Rosser. The Fellow will play a pivotal role in supporting both the Poughkeepsie City School District and the PCC in bringing together leaders across sectors to develop systems of opportunity in key areas such as early childhood; out-of-school enrichment and learning; college and career readiness and; health and human services. The Fellow will also support emerging priorities such as the development of innovative AmeriCorps partnerships geared to support PCSD students and families.

During the 2-year placement, the Fellow will have the opportunity to engage with partners such as the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdRedesign Lab, The Forum for Youth Investment, The Children’s Funding project and other national entities supporting placed-based child and youth development programming. Some of the key projects the Fellow will be working on include:


  • Supporting Poughkeepsie City Schools, the Poughkeepsie Children’s Cabinet, and City of Poughkeepsie staff with strategic and operational goals and activities.
  • Identifying opportunities to increase civic engagement among PCSD alumni, PCSD families, local university students, young professionals and retirees through AmeriCorps and related partnerships.
  • Participating in community-wide initiatives such as the PCSD Community Schools Initiative, PCC Working Groups, and the 35 Montgomery (former YMCA) Community Campus Project.


As a member of the inaugural group of LPFK Fellows, the Fellow will join a local and national network of young leaders from across the nation and benefit from professional development programming with leading national organizations and universities. Fellows are compensated with living, healthcare and housing stipends (or in-kind housing). Young leaders interested in this wonderful opportunity to serve can apply by clicking here.   Applications are due by June 23, 2021.