The Battle Creek, Mich.-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a $22 million investment in a new three-year fellowship program, intended for emerging and established community leaders, aged 23 and older, who work to better the lives of vulnerable children and families.
The foundation is making an initial six-year commitment to the WKKF Community Leadership Network, which will include 100 fellows to be selected from the foundation’s U.S. priority areas: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. Another 20 fellows will be selected to function as a national cohort whose work will focus on racial healing and equity.
Fellows will meet quarterly during the year – once as a full class and three times within their regional cohorts. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $20,000. They will also receive $5,000 to execute their action project in the third year of their fellowship.
Over a three-year period, fellows will undergo a series of experiential leadership training sessions to develop leadership skills necessary for mobilizing communities. Curriculum topics include capacity enhancement, individual leadership self-awareness, network building, action-focused research, policy advocacy learning, one-on-one coaching sessions, site visits, hosted exchanges, as well as other opportunities for leadership development. In the third year, fellows will apply their learnings through their Leadership Network Project.
Applications for the first class of WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows are being accepted between Nov. 22, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014. Click here to apply.
For more information on the WKKF Community Leadership Network Fellowship program, click here or call the Foundation at (269) 968-1611.
Judith Fenlon is the Money & Business resource coordinator for The Imprint