The WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellowship targets individuals who can be transformative social change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families can achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement and financial security. Embedded in this effort are the foundation’s two approaches to all its work: community and civic engagement and racial equity and healing.
Why This Work Matters
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has a long history of supporting both emerging and existing leaders working to solve problems within their communities. Fellowships have, over the years, been one of the foundation’s most effective tools for realizing the belief that community-grounded leadership is a critical tool for both individual development and broad societal change.
The WKKF Community Leadership Network (WKKF CLN) constitutes a renewed commitment to this purpose.
Each class of WKKF CLN fellows engages in shared learning experiences that help transform them into strong agents of social change that will last well beyond the program’s duration. Through the fellowship, WKKF hopes to create a cadre of community and civic leaders who are able to bring diverse communities together as vigorous advocates for vulnerable children and their families.
Ideal candidates are developing or established leaders who grasp the importance of working with others and can:
- Engage in exploring solutions and invite others to help solve conflicts
- Empathize and connect to others through voice, action or presence
- Respond to new opportunities and relationships, maximizing social change
What We Support
The fellowship supports both emerging and existing leaders and is helping form new, self-sustaining networks in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. It also supports a national cohort of leaders focused on racial equity.
To make this vision a reality, fellows will work across geographies, issues and agendas to remove the systemic barriers that impede the healthy development, academic success and economic security of children and their families.
Class One of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows launched in 2014. Each fellow spends three years honing leadership skills and sharing their experiences with a cohort of developing leaders. Each year has a unique theme and intended purpose:
- Year 1: Building the Beloved Community for Transformative Change – a focus on the individual in place and community
- Year 2: Forging Intentional Networks for Community Impact – knowledge and tools for leadership and change
- Year 3: Energizing the Nation: Moving Forward for Children – application through fellowship projects
The foundation is not currently accepting applications for Class Two and will announce that opportunity when it becomes available.