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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tribe 12 Fellowship?
Entering it's seventh year in Philadelphia, the Tribe 12 Fellowship is a leadership program which takes place from January-April 2017 and is designed to run concurrently with school or work commitments. Each Fellow is paired with a personal mentor, has a pool of subject matter experts at their disposal, and a Fellowship Coordinator to guide them through the program. Through a curriculum built on the themes of self discovery, philanthropy, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship, Fellows will apply the tangible skills they learn to create a capstone project of their own design.
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone in their 20s and 30s who is in the Greater Philadelphia area and considers themselves part of the Jewish community is invited to apply. We are proud that our 60 alumni represent a range of ethnicities, sexual identities, gender identities, nationalities, races and religions.
When will the next round of applications open?
Applications for the 2017 cohort are open now! Applications will close Sunday, November 27th, 2016, and Fellows will be selected the week of December 12th. Applicants should save the evening of Thursday, December 8th for interviews. 
When will the 2017 Tribe 12 Fellowship begin?
The program begins with a leadership retreat the weekend of January 6th, 2017 and concludes at a closing event on April 26th, 2017. The program is designed to run concurrently with school or work obligations and is based in Center City Philadelphia. To view relevant dates, visit our Fact Sheet.

What will the program entail?
The Fellowship takes place over the course of four months (January-April 2017) and is designed to run concurrently with work or school obligations. The program takes Fellows through a rich curriculum built around the themes of self discovery, philanthropy, emotional intelligence, and entrepreneurship, with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurial skills like prototyping, public speaking, financials, goal setting, and environmental scanning. Through the program, each Fellow will work extensively with a personal coach to design a capstone project to execute and present at a closing event.

What is the time commitment? 
The commitment for the Fellowship is about 12 "classroom" hours a month, plus 2-4 additional hours a month meeting with your personal coach. Fellows are expected to attend the opening retreat and attend 10 of 12 scheduled workshops (January 17th-April 4th - two "snow days" are built in), plus a community-wide volunteering day on February 12th. See all the dates on our Fact Sheet.

Isn't the Tribe 12 Fellowship just for entrepreneurs? 
From 2011 to 2016, the Tribe 12 Fellowship was primarily for entrepreneurs seeking to start a socially responsible business or non-profit. In 2016, we piloted a separate leadership program built on the best aspects of the Tribe 12 Fellowship. Through extensive surveying and interviewing, we determined that consistuents would benefit most from a comprehensive leadership program which focuses on the individual, not just their business, and uses entrepreneurship as a tool to learn lifelong skills. The 2017 Fellowship is the result!
What are the main differences between the 2017 Fellowship and past years? 
The three main differences are a renewed focus on individuals as opposed to business ventures, a condensed schedule (4 months vs 6 months) and the inclusion of a weekend leadership retreat to kick off the program. 
Can I still start my business as part of the Tribe 12 Fellowship?
Absolutely. Each Fellow will execute a capstone project, and Fellows may choose to start a business or non profit as their project. We have not removed any of the business skills that were taught in the previous iteration of the Tribe 12 Fellowship -- in fact, we've added more! Fellows will continue to be paired with a personal coach, many of whom are respected businesspeople and educators, and will have access to a network of subject matter experts with expertise in law, financials, marketing, and beyond. 
Can alumni of the Tribe 12 Fellowship apply to this new iteration?
Alumni are not eligible to go through the Tribe 12 Fellowship again. They are encouraged to be a part of our alumni-specific programming, attend public events, and to volunteer their time to help the new class! 
What is a capstone project? 
A capstone project is the end result of the Fellowship -- a self-led community, event, business, non-profit or something else entirely that each Fellow will create and execute. Since the Fellowship has transitioned from purely a business accelerator to a comprehensive leadership program, the sky is truly the limit as to what our next cohort of Fellows will create! What the capstone projects will have in common is that they will honor a shared civic duty to affect social change, give back, or positively impact a community. Our curriculum, based on the principles of design thinking, is designed to help the Fellows flesh out their ideas and pursue one to see where it will go. You can see what all our past fellows have created here: 201120122013201420152016.
What is the curriculum of the program?
Design Thinking, developed by Rolf Faste and David Kelley from Stanford University, uses the human-centered approach of designers to solve problems in business, social, and educational sectors. You can watch a quick video about it here. At the heart of it, Design Thinking is a mindset -- the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process with which to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. Our partners at PresenTense have developed a robust curriculum infusing Design Thinking, Jewish sensibilities and personal reflection, and their trained educators teach our workshops. 
What are the main focus areas of the program? 
The four core areas that Fellows will explore are self discovery, emotional intelligence, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. 
How long has the Fellowship been around? 
The Fellowship is entering its seventh year, with 69 graduates from our six previous classes. 

Is there a fee associated with this program? 
Yes. The program fee is $250, half of which is a tax deductible donation to a pool of granting funds -- your cohort will work together to determine which Tribe 12 Fellowship alumni will receive the collective funds. The remaining fee covers all workshops and speakers and also includes a weekend-long leadership retreat in Atlantic City, NJ including accomodations, workshops with dynamic speakers, and most meals.
What is the selection process like?
The application process is competitive and typically a third of applicants are chosen for each cohort. A volunteer-driven selection committee, composed of young professionals interested in furthering innovation in Philadelphia, selects the Fellows. If you are interested in volunteering to help us with the exciting process of recruiting, vetting and selecting Fellows, contact us.
Can I apply with a partner? 
Yes! If you share an idea with another person, you can both apply to be Fellows and will be evaluated separately in the selection process. You should both fill out separate applications.
What is PresenTense?
PresenTense, a global network of innovators and entrepreneurs, is our partner in this Fellowship and primarily provides our top notch curriculum. PresenTense currently runs 17 similar Fellowships across the world. 
Other than applying as a Fellow, are there other ways to get involved?
Yes! The Tribe 12 Fellowship is always looking for volunteers who are committed to growing a stronger Jewish community and who believe in a vision of Philadelphia as a center of innovation and engagement. Please contact us if you are interested or can recommend an individual to volunteer.
I'm not sure the Fellowship is for me. How can I find out?
Email our coordinator Steven to enjoy a coffee on us!
More questions? Contact Us!
Steven Share, Coordinator
201 S. Camac St., Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: 267-235-3348
E-mail: steven@tribe12.org