Application Window Now Closed
for 2023 John T. Vucurevich Foundation
Emerging Leaders Fellows

“We talk about leadership in terms of an action one takes, not in terms of a position one holds. Leadership is about taking responsibility – both personal and social – for working with others on shared goals.” – Paul Schmitz

Each of us has the power to contribute to real systems change, an untangling of the programs, perspectives, and issues that create an environment that holds problems in place. The John T. Vucurevich Foundation Emerging Leaders program immerses Fellows in key issues facing our Rapid City community and the organizations dedicated to addressing them.

This program will empower you to discover your role in addressing community issues and build the lasting, cross-sector relationships needed for systems change. We look for motivated individuals from all sectors including government, nonprofits, faith-based communities, businesses, and grass roots citizens who share the common goal of improving the quality of life in Rapid City.


We want to create a space where a diverse group of people, who might never meet outside of this opportunity, build a shared understanding of the complex issues in our community and discover how they can be part of the solution. Fellows will be challenged to develop solutions to complex community problems while sharpening their communication and teamwork skills.

What can you expect as an Emerging Leader Fellow?

The program will last 12 months with an initial two-day retreat and quarterly gatherings. There will be smaller learning lab meetings in between the larger quarterly gatherings. Estimated time is approximately 3-6 hours per month. Attendance is essential and you must be able to commit the necessary time to fully participate in the program. Please consider your calendar when applying. A $1,000 stipend will be distributed in two increments to each participant during the year-long fellowship. Attendance and participation in working labs are expected to receive the full stipend of the fellowship.

 If you miss more than one quarterly meeting or more than 2 working labs the stipend will be forfeit. The following dates are pre-determined. If applicable, please discuss the time requirements with your employer. All meetings will be held in Rapid City.



  • January 26th 3-8pm
  • January 27th 8-3pm
  • March 30th 3-8pm
  • June 22nd 3-8pm
  • Sept. 14th 3-8pm


  • January 12th 5-8pm

For questions regarding the fellow program, please email Callie Tysdal or call 605-343-3141. New fellows will be announced by December 2022.