Marking its re-entry into the leadership development field, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has invited the inaugural class of the WKKF Community Leadership Network to meet for the first time to discuss how they can more effectively address issues associated with poverty and racial inequity.
Designed to develop the skills of established and emerging community-based leaders working to help vulnerable children and families achieve optimal health and well-being, academic success, and financial security, the program provides each fellow with an annual stipend of $20,000 as well as $5,000 to execute their action project in the third year of their fellowship. The foundation has committed to support three cohorts of fellows, or as many as three hundred and sixty individuals, over six years.
The first class of a hundred and twenty Community Leadership fellows includes twenty-four from each of the foundation's "priority places": Michigan, New Mexico, Mississippi and New Orleans. Another two dozen fellows from fifteen states and the District of Columbia will focus nationwide on racial equity and racial healing issues. During the program's second year the racial equity and healing cohort will provide support to "place" cohorts as they jointly develop and implement their third-year projects.
"Throughout its history, the Kellogg Foundation has embraced leadership as a critical component in helping people help themselves," said WKKF president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "We believe that effective individual leaders are people who can commit themselves to addressing challenges, help their community articulate a vision for change, and build the commitment and partnerships that improve the lives of people in the community. Each fellow's unique skills, life experiences and community-grounded perspectives power the WKKF Community Leadership Network and can be a key factor in changing conditions toward helping children thrive."
For a complete list of 2014 WKKF fellows (52 pages, PDF), visit the Kellogg Foundation Web site.