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, courageous 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 is a continuation of our commitment to support local leaders and foster collaborative action toward a more equitable society.
Class One of the WKKF Community Leadership Network was held 2014 to 2017. These fellows have gone on to lead meaningful change in their communities. Alumni are engaging parents and family members to improve early childhood education in Michigan, advancing racial justice in Mississippi, pursuing elected office to create more equitable economic opportunity in New Mexico and New Orleans.
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 – was tapped to manage the program.
What We Support
The WKKF Community Leadership Network with the Center for Creative Leadership® is an innovative fellowship for leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change toward a more equitable society in the United States. The 18-month fellowship program offers hands-on training, personalized coaching, community-based support and practical project experience. It brings together 80 inspiring leaders from across the United States and sovereign tribes, 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.
Class Two of the fellowship runs from March 2019 through August 2020. The dynamic and diverse class includes tribal leaders, elected officials, health practitioners, educators, youth mentors, businesspeople, attorneys, civil rights activists, conservation advocates, faith leaders, and more.
Over the course of a year and a half, fellows will deepen their knowledge and skills for navigating today’s challenges, authentically engaging communities and advancing racial equity and racial healing in communities. In addition, fellows become part of a vast network of 1,700+ alumni, who collectively are working to effect systemic change. Together, fellows move us forward to justice by encouraging new pathways for collaboration and helping create sustainable solutions to community problems.
To learn more about the program and the current class of fellows, visit wkkfcln.org.