FAQ’s

Eligibility, Application & Costs

Who is eligible to participate?

ECCEL is open to Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Ulster County Community College students who are interested in developing leadership skills for a lifetime and are self-motivated and self-directed. Participants must be at least 18 years old, matriculated in a program of study, and have either 1) completed a minimum of 12 college credits with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA or 2) be enrolled for at least 12 credits and have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from high school.

Do I need to be in a leadership position?

No prior leadership experience is required. The ECCEL program is based on the principle that leadership is much more than one’s position: leadership skills can be learned so that anyone can become a leader.

Is this program offered for credit?

ECCEL is considered an extra-curricular activity.

Where and when does the program take place?

The three mandatory weekend retreats (November 8-10, 2019; January 10-12, 2020; April 17-19, 2020) and two day-long events (TBD) usually take place at off-campus locations in Dutchess County. Regularly scheduled monthly meetings with ECCEL advisors are campus-based, while cohort meetings and activities related to the implementation of each group’s Community Impact Project (CIP) are scheduled as needed within the group and may be in person or virtual. Participants must be willing to commit the time to participate in all program retreats and activities.

What is the application process?

Applications are accepted online and must include two (2) references. Incomplete applications or those that are not accompanied by two letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete.

Please have all components of the application submitted on or before Friday, October 18, 2019.

How much does the program cost?

The total program fee is $150 OR five hours of community service.

I still have some questions, how can I learn more about ECCEL?

Please feel free to call the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at 845-229-5302 or email us at ECCEL@ervk.org. You may also reach out directly to your school’s ECCEL Campus Advisor.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 18 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.