Congratulations to our new Fellows!

We are delighted to announce that the Elias Foundation, with invaluable assistance from its Advisory Committee*, has selected five social justice activists to receive support for individual development.

We congratulate our first cohort of Fellows:

Callie Jayne (Kingston) Founder & Executive Director of Rise Up Kingston

Ibrahim Siddiq (New Rochelle, Bronx) Art teacher with Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle and resident teacher with Prison Writes, the Kite and Bronx Connect

Jabin Ahmed (Hudson) Co-founder of Hudson Muslim Youth Project and Family Intervention Specialist at Warren Street Academy.

Tonia Conner-Mitchell (Yonkers) Founder of 100SISTAS and Supervisor at Caring for the Hungry and Homeless of Peekskill (CHHOP)

Zeltzyn Sanchez Gomez (Portchester) Youth Coordinator at WESPAC and community arts liaison with the Clay Art Center

You can read more about these remarkable people and view their biographies on our website.

The goal of the Elias Activist Fellowship Program is to strengthen and build social justice movements by developing activists’ skills and capacities in the Hudson Valley. We received over 40 Letters of Interest earlier this year and, through a process including two review committees, were able to choose five outstanding awardees.

*The Elias Advisory Committee combines the wisdom of multi-racial, cross-generational, multi-issue, seasoned leaders.  All members are engaged in movement building and have deep experience in the Hudson Valley.   

To read more about the Fellowship, the criteria for applying and information on how to apply, please visit the Elias Foundation website. You can also contact Polly Withers at if you have any questions about this program.

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