WINNER: Gold Telly Award, Communicator Award
The Fellowship Initiative in South Africa follows a group of young American men of color on a life-changing journey to South Africa
Through its Fellowship Initiative, JPMorgan Chase helps young men of color in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles gain access to the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to compete in the global economy. In the summer of 2016, these young men undertook a life-changing journey to South Africa. From rural Gauteng province, the fellows travel to colorful Cape Town, and then on to historic Robben Island, the one-time prison of political leaders like Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe. After seeing the big five in Kruger National Park–lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants–the fellows journey on to Johannesburg to learn about fighting for what they believe in at the Apartheid Museum and the African Leadership Academy.
During the course of this production, which took place over three months in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and South Africa, filmmaker Dan Evans became friends with several of the fine young men of The Fellowship Initiative. Winston Perez from the Bronx stood out for his kindness, his camaraderie, and his commitment to work towards a bright future for himself and his family. After graduating from high school and TFI, Winston was just beginning his education at Cornell University when his life was tragically cut short in an accident. Winston is deeply missed. He will long be remembered as a shining light by his family, friends, and TFI brothers.