Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary

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Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary
Atlas Corps: 15 Year Anniversary

We’re proud to share that this past week, we welcomed our newest Virtual Leadership Institute Cohort to Atlas Corps! After a competitive process, Atlas Corps welcomed an innovative group of 53 Scholars hail from 10 countries, including Andorra, the newest addition to our global community. 

This Cohort, Cohort 12, boasts a diverse professional skill set and background, working on issues such as environmental protection, gender and women’s rights, and much more. 

The Virtual Leadership Institute aims to empower local leaders who are working to solve relevant and ongoing social issues - and our participants are always ready to share how it has transformed their lives. One example is Júlia, who graduated from Cohort 8 of the Virtual Leadership Institute. Júlia extended her gratitude for the program and shared the difference Atlas Corps has made in her life:

The Virtual Leadership Institute is amazing. You learn a lot from teachers from other parts of the world, share ideas about projects, and develop ideas that you couldn’t do if you weren’t [part of] Atlas Corps. I think it was one of the greatest experiences that I have had.

Júlia’s experience will be multiplied with the new participants, and we’re excited to be driving this change with you by our side. Thank you for your continued support!

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Bidjan and Alum Patience (Nigeria) at AidEx
Bidjan and Alum Patience (Nigeria) at AidEx

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank YOU! As we get ready to celebrate American Thanksgiving, I want to take this moment to appreciate you as a valued member of our community! Your support enables Atlas Corps to build bridges amongst global professionals and to engage emerging leaders on talent journeys to inspire positive impact at home and abroad! We achieved 1,500 Atlas Corps Fellows and Scholars from 115 countries with your support!

Last week, right before presenting our work on a panel at the AidEx conference in Brussels, I met our Alumna Patience (Nigeria, Class 33, Host: The Center for Teen Empowerment) who served in Boston, returned to Nigeria to work in development, and is currently completing her Masters degree in the UK. She is one of those 1,500 members of our Community who are on a talent journey making a difference for others who inspire us to continue to invest with your support as we move into 2023!

I hope we can inspire you to continue be part of these Atlas Corps journeys with these three simple actions:

  • Meet Our Community - Meet our Fellows and Scholars at and
  • Share Our Application - Right now, we are recruiting emerging leaders from Andorra, Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, and Spain. We have special opportunities for them in 2023! Learn more at
  • Mark Your Calendars - Join me on GivingTuesday, November 29, 12:30 PM EST for a livestream update to our community. You can learn more at

Together, let's continue moving forward as a global community. Let's support talented individuals, like Patience, who are inspired by our passion for service and motivated by our interaction with one another!

Let’s end 2022 inspired and embrace the potential of 2023!

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How are you? With September around the corner, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for all of your contributions so far this year. On behalf of our Fellows, Scholars, and Alumni, thank you for making 2022 an impactful year at Atlas Corps. 

We have seen significant highlights in the past 90 days and we have you to thank!

Through your support, we welcomed new dynamic leaders into our global Community, which now includes 1,400+ leaders from 115 countries!

  • In April, we welcomed Class 45, which includes seven Fellows from the countries of India, Nigeria, El Salvador, Indonesia, and Rwanda.
  • In May, we welcomed our second year of 50 Hilton Scholars from 31 countries, including the three new counties of Lesotho, New Zealand, and Portugal.
  • In July, we welcomed Class 46, which includes seven Fellows from Pakistan, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria, as well as five American Indian Foundation (AIF) Fellows.

Thank you for cultivating the personal and professional growth of leaders like Alumna Vanessa(Class 33, Nicaragua), who is the Earth and Life Sciences teacher at Lincoln International Academy in Nicaragua. 

  • Vanessa, who is motivating youth towards environmentally-conscious behaviors through education and leadership development, extends her gratitude, “Thank you for your time and support to the Atlas Corps community, you are impacting not just the Fellows and Scholars, but also families, communities, and countries.
  • I encourage you to stay updated on our Community by visiting our blog, where you can also read more about Vanessa.

Thank you for supporting our Bonus Day and Celebration of Service on July 20.  I am happy to report that it was a success!

  • We raised over $22,000, surpassing our initial goal of $20,000!
  • We recognized the following Distinguished Honorees:
    • Distinguished Volunteer: Selection Board Member, Clark (Learn more about his volunteer experience here.)
    • Distinguished Host Organization: IFDC (Learn more about their host experience here.)
    • Distinguished Supporter: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation! (Learn more about our partnership with the Hilton Foundation here.)
  • In case you missed the virtual celebration, I encourage you to enjoy the recording of the celebration.

Thank you for making a positive difference in the Atlas Corps Community!



P.S. Look forward to some exciting updates come September! I encourage you to visit and follow the Atlas Corps LinkedIn page, where we will be sharing more details soon!

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We appreciate YOU! As 2022 ontinues to provide ongoing opportunity, excitement, and the unexpected, Atlas Corps is motivated by our core - our global community of Fellows, virtual Scholars, and supporters like YOU! 

This week, we welcomed Class 44 (started in January) to the United States and virtual welcomed Class 45 to the Fellowship! Meet them at You opened the door of opportunity to these dynamic leaders - thank you!

Activity Update - Did you know that since 2020, Atlas Corps has engaged 58 Fellows from 24 countries and 35 have successfully traveled to the United States? Awesome! In addition, we have engaged more than 300 Scholars in our Virtual Leadership Institute in this same time period.

We appreciate YOU and the support you have provided to continue the growth of Atlas Corps despite the challenge! 

Recruitment - Will you continue to show your support by sharing our call for Fellow applications? You can find posting materials here:

AtlasCorps2025 - stay tuned as we continue to progress on our strategic planning process. We invite you to follow highlights from some of our ongoing higlhights on our #AtlasCorps2025 blog.

Thank you for supporting these dynamic leaders. Thank you for inspiring young professionals to thrive. Thank you for supporting Atlas Corps!



P.S. Are you interested in engaging with Atlas Corps Fellows in your own community? Volunteer with Atlas Corps as a Local Ambassador! We are currently looking for volunteers in DC, NYC, and Chicago. Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form and we will get in touch with you! Watch a video on Local Ambassadors.

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Scroll down to watch Bidjan's video reflection.
Scroll down to watch Bidjan's video reflection.


Thank YOU for being part of an unforgettable 15th Anniversary year!

During 2021, you joined Atlas Corps as we marked this organizational milestone! You were also here to help us recognize Scott for his lifetime of inspirations, in supporting me in our leadership transition, and in welcoming our new CEO Bidjan. Thank you! Most important, you were here as we grew our community of global changemakers through our Fellowship and Virtual Leadership Institute. 

Now, we look toward 2022 with great anticipation. Atlas Corps is at a moment of opportunity as we embrace these times of change to evolve our own leadership development programs.

On that note, Bidjan prepared a special message and video to reflect on 2021 and to look forward to 2022. We look forward to your continued engagement in 2022!

Happy New Year!



A Special CEO Reflection from Bidjan Nashat . . . [click here to watch video]

One of my favorite poets, Maulana Rumi, once wrote that "The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear."

In my first 90 days as CEO at Atlas Corps, I used the title "Chief Listening Officer" and took hundreds of calls with people from this global community. It leaves me grateful to be welcomed by this community, energized by our potential to help lead through global challenges, and hopeful about the opportunity to develop Atlas Corps into a global talent agency for purpose-driven young leaders by 2025.

Talent is truly everywhere and now more than ever, we can create opportunities regardless of location!


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