Fellows Initiatives

Established by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Foundation Inc., the Fellows Program is an annual leadership development program that provides African American and other elected officials from diverse communities unparalleled experiences to receive training, mentoring and support from local government officials.

Selected individuals are offered the opportunity of a lifetime to be transformed as public policy makers through experiential learning forums, case study discussions and seminars on topics relevant to leadership development. The program matches the Fellows with mentors who will provide career guidance and enhance individual networking opportunities. Participation will showcase the benefits of membership in the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and the National League of Cities. Fellows are selected annually by the NBC-LEO Foundation.

Seyram Selase, Councilman, Anniston, Alabama and his mentor, Robert Avery, Councilmember, Gadsen, Alabama

Seyram Selase, Councilman, Anniston, Alabama and his mentor, Robert Avery, Councilmember, Gadsen, Alabama

How the mentoring component of the Fellows Program has helped the 2013 - 2014 Foundation Fellow Seyram Selase Vice Mayor of Anniston Alabama

Robert Avery passed an ordinance in the City of Gadsden to curb underage drinking in 2007 and Foundation Fellow Seyram Selase passed a similar ordinance recently in his city of Anniston modeling Avery's work. The ordinance bans convenience store owners from placing coolers filled with individual beers on their sales floors. Proponents of such measures say the coolers allow underage drinkers to easily shoplift the beverages.

Selase said: "The Fellowship and my relationship with Mr. Avery my mentor has proven invaluable to my endeavors as a newly elected official. Because of his work to curb underage drinking, my city of Anniston has followed the same model and it has worked out positively in both our communities."

Read the ordinance passed by the City of Gadsen »