The field of nine for the 2024-2025 Initiators Fellowship cohort has been selected. Among those chosen was Suree Sompamitwong of Worthington, who founded Creative Healing Space in the community.
Nearly 90 enterprising individuals applied for the 2024-2025 Initiators Fellowship. The nine Fellows selected for the 2024-2025 cohort represent 53 counties and six Native nations in Central, Northwest, Southwest and West Central Minnesota. They will experience comprehensive programming, executive-level mentoring and leadership training, ongoing education, and support from dedicated staff members to advance their mission-driven business or nonprofit endeavors.
Each fellow also will receive a $30,000 stipend for each year of the two-year program.
Creative Healing Space in Worthington is a place for people to create and spend time together, and Sompamitwong built the nonprofit after being inspired by her own healing journey. She wants to continue to grow Creative Healing Space to engage more local people and to provide opportunities for people to create and connect. Sompamitwong’s term in the Fellowship is supported by Southwest Initiative Foundation.
The Initiators Fellowship is a collaborative program of the Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative. The fellowship is made possible by generous funders, including Granite Partners, an original founding funder and partner, along with the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation and Sourcewell.