Why This Work Matters
Today’s challenges require leadership that can bridge the divides in our society. For decades, there have been social, economic and public policies and practices that – intentionally and unintentionally – limit opportunities for children and families of color. Now more than ever, we must all act in big and small ways to address structural inequities and help people heal from the effects of racism. What’s needed are compassionate and capable leaders in and from our communities.
At the Kellogg Foundation, we believe people have the inherent capacity to solve their own problems. For more than 90 years, we have invested in nurturing local leaders to engage communities in improving opportunities for children and families. The WKKF Community Leadership Network (WKKF CLN) is a continuation of our commitment to support local leaders and foster collaborative action toward a more equitable society.
Class One of the WKKF CLN was held from 2014-2017. In 2018, the program was redesigned and with WKKF’s grant support, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) – one of the most transformational leadership organizations in the world – is now recruiting for and offering Class Two in the United States.
What We Support
The WKKF Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership® is an innovative program for leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change toward a more equitable society. The 18-month program offers hands-on training, personalized coaching, community-based support and a place-based culminating project experience.
Throughout the program, fellows gain critical knowledge and skills for navigating today’s challenges and advancing racial equity and racial healing in communities. The program brings together a diverse group of leaders from across the United States, with four cohorts of fellows from WKKF’s priority places of Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans, as well as one national U.S. cohort. After completing the program, fellows become part of a vast network of 1,700+ alumni that provides ongoing resources and support to effect systemic change.
For additional information about the program, criteria and the application, visit wkkfcln.org