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Each year, more than 350 individuals graduate from FOCUS' seven civic leadership training programs. The most common question upon completion is "What's next?"


FOCUS-trained leaders go on to make a difference in our region: launching and running businesses; starting and leading nonprofits; running for elected office; serving on boards and committees; committing to public service; training other leaders; and so much more.


FOCUS St. Louis is pleased to offer one more exciting way that graduates can put their leadership into action. The FOCUS Impact Fellows program launched in 2016, offering emerging and experienced leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region. 



About the 2017-18 program


With support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, our second cohort will be focused on the issue of the St. Louis region’s health care safety net. Fellows will work with the area's top experts and key players, gaining a deeper understanding of how the region’s health care safety net is structured, funded, and implemented. They will then be challenged to apply their own leadership competencies and innovative thinking to address systematic needs via a self-designed, impactful, and sustainable project. 

In addition to the knowledge gained, projects developed, and networks built, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking, group dynamics and project management. 


who should apply?

As Impact Fellows represents the most advanced FOCUS' training program, previous leadership training and/or experience is required, and completion of a FOCUS leadership program is highly recommended. If you are new to FOCUS, two letters of recommendation will be required. (This requirement is waived for FOCUS graduates.)

As the goal of FOCUS Impact Fellows is to bring new faces, perspectives and skill sets to a community issue, previous experience or in-depth knowledge of the selected topic is not a requirement for application and/or participation.




The program consists of 12 full-day sessions. Attendance at program days is mandatory and includes time for both training and skill development, as well as working time on the selected class project(s). Program days are held at the FOCUS St. Louis office downtown and at locations around the region, as dictated by the needs and focus of the selected project.


View 2017 Program Schedule.


Additionally, please plan to spend time outside of the program days for individual and group work. The amount of time will vary depending on the project selected, but could include conference calls, small group meetings or research, as determined by the class. 



The tuition for the 2017 FOCUS Impact Fellows program is $3,500, which includes meals, parking, materials and training. Tuition may be paid by the individual participant, participant's employer, another organization or some combination thereof. A limited amount of tuition assistance may be available to those with financial need, but no full scholarships will be provided. 


apply To Be an impact fellow

Applications for the 2017-18 class are closed.


Meet the 2017-18 cohort!


Applications for the 2018-19 class will re-open in winter 2017.



The inaugural class of FOCUS Impact Fellows used the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work, tackling three separate calls to action.


Visit the 2016 Impact Fellows website for more details on their projects and outcomes, along with ways you can get involved in this work.



Wally Siewert, FOCUS Impact Fellows Director
Email | Tel: (314) 657-4026

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