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Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship is a leadership development program that provides the next generation of Stocktonians with the tools, knowledge and network to make an impact in the city. Fellows study the history of the city,  investigate important contemporary issues affecting the community and become leaders in the city’s social impact landscape. Graduates receive a scholarship stipend upon successful completion of the program.

How did surf begin?

SURF was initially founded and supported by a group of educators, allies and activists working in education and government: 

  • Irene Calimlim

  • Erika Cuevas

  • Annamarie Prima Cunningham

  • Dr. Nancy Huante

  • Jasmine Leek

  • Lange Luntao

  • Phillip Merlo

  • Nicholas Sanchez

  • Joanne Yi

Since then, more Stocktonians have returned to join the cause:

  • Christina Bastida

  • Dr. Nabeel Cajee

  • Elisabeth Merlos

  • Balerio Reyes

  • Camille Zapata


Who should apply?

Stocktonians who want to develop their leadership and help improve the community are strongly encouraged to apply.  Candidates should have exhibited leadership abilities but maybe looking for opportunities and support for applying their abilities to grow professionally. Candidates should value lifelong learning, community-building and strong personal ethics.


Independent Track: The 2019 SURF Independent cohort will be comprised of people who have grown up in Stockton, are at least 18 years of age, and have graduated college at the start of the fellowship.

Collaborative Track: The 2019 SURF Collaborative cohort will be comprised of people who have grown up in Stockton, are at least 18 years of age, and are currently enrolled in college at the start of the fellowship.


The application deadline for 2019 is currently closed.

For Placements

hosting a fellow

SURF is currently seeking businesses, non-profits and government agencies to host a fellow during the summer and work on a project that has local impact. SURF provides professional development and skill-building workshops to the Fellow throughout the placement. A liaison can help structure a project with your agency and answer questions and concerns that you may have about the process.


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