Ideal Community Leadership Fellows candidates are highly respected in their communities with the potential to guide improvements for the Westside of Chicago within the next five to ten years. CLF intentionally seeks exceptional leaders who reflect the rich history of Black and Brown communities on the Westside.
Fellows are chosen from private, nonprofit, and public sectors that directly impact the Westside of Chicago to create a cohort of 15 leaders.
In the first stage of the selection process, submitted applications will be reviewed by the Community Leadership Fellows selection committee to choose candidates to advance to the interview round.Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted to confirm commitment to full participation in scheduled activities.
Interviews will take place in a group interview format called a “Street Cred Check”.Interviews will be conducted by a sub-group of the Community Leadership Fellows selection committee virtually. Interviews are expected to be approximately 60 minutes. Interviews will include the candidate and 4 to 6 members of the candidate’s circle of influence as selected by the candidate. Examples of group members include mentors, mentees, program participants, supervisors, colleagues, and community residents.- Candidates selected for interviews will be notified in May, 2023. Interviews will take place in May through June 2023.
If selected, each participant will work with Community Leadership Fellows to complete a Memorandum of Understanding with employer (if applicable) to ensure fellow can meet the expectations including full participation at sessions, programs, and events. Candidates are notified about decisions in late June, 2023.
Welcome Ceremony: July 27, 2023
Global Leadership Summit: August 3-4, 2023
Learning sessions: Every second Friday of each month, 9am-3pm beginning September 8 (2023 dates: 10/13, 11/10 and 12/8; 2024 dates: 1/12, 2/9, 3/8)
Workshops:: Every third Wednesday of each month, 6pm-8pm beginning September 20 (2023 dates: 10/18, 11/15 and 12/20; 2024 dates: 1/17, 2/21, 3/20)
Graduation: June 2024