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Nomination Period for Third Round of Innovation in Louisiana Government Fellowship Extended to August 27

The nomination period for the third round of the Department of Children and Family Services' (DCFS) Innovation in Louisiana Government (ILG) Fellowship has been extended through Friday, August 27.

The ILG fellowship is a three-month program that will provide leadership training and technical assistance and a $1,000 stipend to fellows working to develop innovative social service projects.

Nominations for round three are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominees will be selected based on the quality of their fellowship project proposal, demonstrated leadership in social services, experience or interest in designing and implementing new ideas, ability to work in partnerships and contribute to peer-learning and commitment to the application of information and communication technology.

Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support the fellowship class during a three-month training academy. The academy will consist of a formal curriculum, expert speakers, technical assistance, in person and virtual peer learning and collaboration, one-on-one leadership coaching, collaborative social networking tools, and the opportunity to fully develop their proposed projects into a complete implementation plan.

Over the course of the three-month academy, fellows will gain skills and tools to be more effective leaders as Louisiana modernizes the methods by which social services are delivered in the state. A key element in this process will be the planning of individual fellowship projects. Throughout the course, fellows will receive training and work together in person and through virtual collaboration and support. At the end of the fellowship, participants will return together as a group to finalize and share their work and plan for implementation and dissemination.

Following the fellowship, participants also may serve as mentors to future fellowship classes and will be asked to share what they learn with their peers through a Leadership and Innovation Conference that marks the end of the Academy.

Information, nomination forms and instructions are available at For more information or questions, contact Daryl Blacher at or call (225) 342-9972.
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