The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced a new cohort of participants for its WKKF Community Leadership Network program, an initiative dedicated to developing local leaders who can drive transformational social change.
Facilitated by the Center for Creative Leadership, the eighteen-month program brings together a diverse group of leaders to reflect on the insidiousness of systemic racism and develop practical, community-based solutions to address it. Launched in 2014, the program provides mentorship, coaching, tangible experience, and hands-on training to fellows, as well as the opportunity to participate in an international summit hosted by the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance network.
Chosen from an applicant pool of eight hundred, the eighty fellows selected for the program represent a broad variety of disciplines, including youth advocacy, civil rights activism, and public service. This year's cohort includes a birth doula, a pediatric dentist, a state senator, a comedian, and a civil rights historian. Although the program has a national reach, fellows are concentrated in areas that the foundation has determined are an institutional priority, including Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans.
"Our founder understood that visionary leaders have the power to bring communities together and create lasting change for children," said Kellogg Foundation president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "Class Two is part of our legacy of developing local leaders. They join a network of thousands of fellows that spans decades of work in communities. Their ideas, passion, and wisdom are crucial to creating equitable opportunity for children and families."
For a complete list of this year's Community Leadership Network fellows, see the W.K. Kellogg Foundation website.