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Clay Hunt Fellowship Program

Benefiting: Team Rubicon
Hosted by:Joanne Dennis
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The Clay Hunt Fellowship is a leadership program designed to meet the growing demands of Team Rubicon's regional development.  The program provides a one-year fellowship to regional directors, offering them a $12,000 living stipend in addition to training in business and nonprofit administration.   

The fellowship program targets enlisted combat veterans under the age of 30, mainly due to the reality that this population has the highest unemployment rates among veterans.  Young combat veterans return to civilian life with incredibly well-honed “soft skills,” including decisive leadership, teamwork, sound judgment, initiative, crisis management, and dependability. Many combat veterans would like to transfer these soft-skills into a business environment. Unfortunately, “hard skills” learned in the military and perfected for combat operations do not easily transfer to the cubicle environment.  TR wants to give promising young combat veterans the opportunity to gain “hard skills” that will translate to a resume, with the goal that each fellow will be able to secure meaningful employment or further higher education upon completion of the program.

Clay Hunt (1982-2011) was an original member of Team Rubicon, joining the team in Port-au-Prince for its first mission.  Prior to Team Rubicon, Clay served two hard tours as a Marine Corps sniper with TR cofounder Jake Wood. Clay was wounded in combat in Iraq in 2007, only to return to duty and deploy again to Afghanistan in 2008. Clay was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) upon leaving the Marines.
 
Clay became a national face for PTSD awareness and suicide prevention, but sadly, Clay lost his battle with depressions when he took his own life in March, 2011.  Clay’s death inspired Team Rubicon to focus on helping veterans through continued service in disasters; by doing so Team Rubicon can provide the purpose, self-worth and community that Clay so badly needed.

 


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