“Fellows” programs are among the most utilized fundraising techniques of Bar Foundations around the country, designed to cultivate individual lawyer and professional gifts over a multi-year period. Replicated from a model developed by the American Bar Foundation, “Fellows” programs are, in essence, donor societies, created to recognize attorneys, judges, and other professionals and public servants who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities.
Funds raised through the Society of Fellows help sustain Project Youth OC’s mission of keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. Each year, Project Youth OC hosts a Society of Fellows event to honor its members, selecting one member to receive the Distinguished Fellows Award and one judicial member to receive the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award. Upon initiation, Fellows receive a Certificate of Membership, a Society of Fellows lapel pin that identifies them as a Fellow member, and recognition at Project Youth OC events & in publications.