Manhattan Institute Civil Society Fellow - 2019

Manhattan Institute Announces Second Cohort of Civil Society Fellows
Three Nonprofit Leaders Will Receive $10,000 Fellowships for Efforts Addressing Social Challenges

NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Manhattan Institute announced its second cohort of Civil Society Fellows, nonprofit leaders who will receive a $10,000 fellowship for their efforts to improve their local communities by addressing or preventing a social challenge. The institute’s 15-month Civil Society Fellows Program will help three individuals raise national awareness for their missions and make the case for the essential nature and value of their nonprofit work.

“These outstanding leaders are filling a need in their community where a government program simply cannot, and they are strengthening our social fabric in the process,” said Annie Dwyer, director of Manhattan Institute’s Civil Society Fellows Program. “Civil society is a fundamental part of America’s foundation, and this year’s fellows and their organizations are critical to the well-being and future of our nation. We hope their work will inspire others in communities around the country to take it upon themselves to assist those in need and help people change the course of their lives.”

Read more details in the Manhattan Institute press release:

Eloise Samuels of New Jersey Orators, Inc. – A former telecommunications business executive, Samuels is a cofounder and president of the New Jersey Orators, Inc., a nonprofit youth organization founded in 1985. This all-volunteer organization teaches the art of public speaking and an appreciation for literature, reading, and media arts literacy to children from 7 to 18 years of age, while also providing training in civic engagement, college readiness, and life skills to prepare them for success in college and beyond. Although the New Jersey Orators is open to all young people, its programs focus on African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and those of the African diaspora. With the help of more than 200 volunteers supporting 22 chapters in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, more than 5,500 youth have participated in the New Jersey Orators’ programs. The Orators’ after-school classes and competitions are closing the racial achievement gap, improving educational outcomes, fostering resilience, and much more.