As part of our new Students for Life High School Initiative, our team is so excited to announce the Thaddeus Stevens Leadership Fellowship! Like its college counterpart, the William Wilberforce Fellowship, the Stevens Fellowship has been developed to raise up the next generation of pro-life leaders. We want to help high school students become the best leaders and activists in their schools and, ultimately, in their communities!
For our first-ever Stevens Fellowship, we’ve invited high school students from all over the nation, who have shown exemplary leadership and passion for the pro-life movement, to join with SFLA so that we can take them to the next level!
Here’s what our SFLA Thaddeus Stevens Fellows will do during the 2013-2014 academic year:
– Attend an SFLA intensive training weekend, July 19-21, 2013, at the National Students for Life Headquarters in Manassas, VA
– Learn what it takes to be a leader by reading various books and participating in bi-weekly webcasts for discussion and guest speaker lectures
– Apply the skills they learn to their school’s existing pro-life groups by organizing at least 2 community service events (fall and spring) with their groups
– Assist Students for Life of America in its mission of equipping the pro-life generation
– Work with a National Stevens Mentor (a leader of an existing national pro-life organization) who will help them network with the national pro-life movement and assist in the completion on their Stevens Fellowship Projects
Why Thaddeus Stevens? Thaddeus Stevens, a Pennsylvanian Representative in the 1800′s, was a fierce opponent of slavery. He was one of the most influential members of the Republican Party in the history of Congress. The abolition of slavery became his primary political and personal focus, resulting in the defense of runaway or fugitive slaves consuming the greatest amount of his time. Stevens was actively involved in the Underground Railroad by hiding slaves under his office in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He even refused to sign the new PA state constitution of 1838 because it did not give the right to vote to black citizens. Thaddeus Stevens was a key player in abolishing slavery in our nation, just as we hope our Stevens Fellows will be key players in abolishing abortion!
We are honored to work with such outstanding students. We believe, just like Stevens, they will abolish our generation’s greatest social injustice, abortion.