April 24, 2019 – MINNEAPOLIS, MINN: Dralandra Larkins, a senior social work major, just received the Lead for America National Fellowship, along with 59 other fellows who will join her cohort out of 681 national applicants. Dralandra currently holds two internships, one at Hennepin County as a case manager and a second at the Metropolitan Council as a housing assistant. As a Lead for America fellow, Dralandra will spend 5 weeks this summer at Harvard University with a cohort of passionate and informed leaders engaged in public administration and leadership development training. Following training, Dralandra will spend the next two years working full time with local government at the Metropolitan Council advancing economic security and housing opportunities for marginalized populations. During her two years as a fellow, Dralandra will receive ongoing training opportunities and attend fellow retreats in Washington D.C, where she will hear from prominent national, local and global leaders about significant challenges facing the 21st century society. Benefits from the fellowship program include a $12,000 graduate educational award, supportive mentorships, professional development and the summer institute training, health insurance as well as her internship salary.