Applying to be an ECYP Fellow

To apply to be an ECYP Fellow:

  1. Ensure that you are a current sophomore student who lives or attends a school in Maryland's 7th Congressional District. Please go to to enter your home and/or school address to ensure geographic eligibility. 
  2. Review the program overview and application instructions prior to submitting. 
  3. Submit the application and all supplemental materials online, mail, e-mail or fax.
  4. Applications for the Class of 2020 will be available  December 2017. 

Questions? Call us at (410) 542-4850 or email us at

  • Are you curious, driven and open-minded? Apply to be part of ECYP's Class of 2019!

ECYP Program Overview

MISSION To invest in promising teens  from Maryland’s 7th congressional  district, and prepare  them to serve as open-minded leaders  with the skills, community ties, and global exposure critical to success in a diverse society. Our efforts are infused with the spirit of bridge-building exemplified by the longstanding partnership of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and the Baltimore Jewish community.

REQUIREMENTS Applicants must be entering their junior year of high school in the fall of 2018, and residing or attending  school in Maryland’s 7th congressional  district (

Applicants must be able to commit to the program for two years. Please note that all ECYP programming is provided at no-charge to admitted fellows. 

ECYP ALUMNI Over the past 18 years, the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel (ECYP) has achieved tremendous success. Over 200 participants have completed the program! Our graduates have gone on to higher education  and successful careers. Examples include a CNN news anchor,  commercial airline pilot, Peace  Corps volunteer, United States Naval Officer, entrepreneur in early childhood education  programming and investment banker.



Acquire leadership skills

Travel abroad to Israel

Build new friendships

Become a community leader and activist

  Obtain a better understanding of self

  Develop public speaking skills

  Receive service-learning hours

  Receive support throughout college application process

  Receive support throughout college experience


HOW YOU WILL LEARN ECYP promotes a hands-on approach to learning. Fellows will have ample opportunity to interact with various community leaders, facilitators and guest speakers. In addition to monthly training sessions, ECYP fellows perform community service throughout the year as middle school mentors to increase awareness of the community and provide the opportunity to serve.