Drlandra Larkins wins Lead for America Fellowship

submitted by obrienk@augsburg.edu

Dralandra Larkins, a senior social work major, just received the Lead for America National Fellowship, along with 59 other fellows who will join her co-hort out of 681 national applicants. Dralandra currently holds two internships, one at Hennepin County as a case manager and a second at the Metropolitan Council as a housing assistant. As a Lead for America fellow, Dralandra will spend 5 weeks this summer at Harvard University with a cohort of passionate and informed leaders engaged in public administration and leadership development training. Following training, Dralandra will spend the next two years working full time with local government at the Metropolitan Council advancing economic security and housing opportunities for marginalized populations. During her two years as a fellow, Dralandra will receive ongoing training opportunities and attend fellow retreats in Washington D.C, where she will hear from prominent national, local and global leaders about significant challenges facing the 21st century society. Benefits from the fellowship program include a $12,000 graduate educational award, supportive mentorships, professional development and the summer institute training, health insurance as well as her internship salary.

Lead for America is a nonpartisan fellowship program that selects, trains, and places our nation’s most promising young leaders in two-year paid fellowships in local governments as a means of strengthening America’s public institutions, transforming our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of transformational public service leaders. To learn more about the fellowship, visit here or contact the URGO office at urgo@augsburg.edu.

Kudos to Dralandra.