Truth Initiative® is accepting applications for its 2017-2018 Youth Activism Fellowship, a 12-month program for 18 – 24 year olds who want to change culture and help end the tobacco epidemic, and gain critical social change skills.

“The fellowship program has been a fruitful crash course that has equipped me with a more diverse skill set that I'm confident will continue to benefit me for the rest of my career,” said Lincoln Mondy, a graduating senior at George Washington University and a member of the 2015-2016 class of fellows.

Before he became a fellow, Mondy did not set out to become a tobacco control activist. It was his time as a Truth Initiative intern and youth activism fellow, he said, that helped him become one.

Selected fellows meet three times throughout the year in cities such as Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, CA, where they receive training on the public health impact of tobacco, community engagement, communications, and policy and advocacy.

Mondy’s fellowship culminated in a digital storytelling project, Black Lives/Black Lungs, which sheds light on the relationship between the black community and tobacco. The video has been viewed more than 99,000 times on Facebook.

“I wanted to present the evidence and issue in a way that got people's attention and moved the needle in the right direction. Recently, my generation has become more active in checking institutions and companies that do wrong,” Mondy said. He said he looks forward to developing and producing a longer film.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Youth Activism Fellowship are due Wednesday, May 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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