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 constitutes a renewed commitment to this purpose.
Fellows will engage in shared learning experiences that will 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 will support both emerging and existing leaders and will help form new, self-sustaining networks in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. It will also include a national cohort.
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.
Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 10, 2014. Each selected fellow will spend 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