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Applications Now Being Accepted for New FOCUS Impact Fellows Program

Friday, December 4, 2015   (0 Comments)
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FOCUS St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its eighth and newest program – FOCUS Impact Fellows. The program represents FOCUS’ most advanced offering, giving leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region.


“Each year, more than 350 individuals graduate from our civic leadership programs and take what they’ve experienced and learned back to their organizations and into the community,” says Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., President and CEO of FOCUS St. Louis. “FOCUS Impact Fellows is unique in its purpose, bringing leaders together around a challenge in our community to apply their leadership skills and creativity to move the issue forward.”


Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural class of FOCUS Impact Fellows, which will launch in March 2016 and work over a 10-month period. The program is open to all in the community, but previous leadership training and/or experience is required.


In addition to working toward a tangible outcome, program and/or solution, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking and project management. While FOCUS Impact Fellows is new for the St. Louis region, similar programs in other cities have had significant success in facilitating positive and sustainable change on issues ranging from economic development to health to education.


The first class of FOCUS Impact Fellows will be using the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work.


“The calls to action outlined in the Ferguson Commission report will require the collaboration, cooperation and creative problem-solving of many in our region to move forward,” explained Felicia Pulliam, Director of the FOCUS Impact Fellows program. “Our hope is that the Impact Fellows, trained leaders with a passion for civic engagement, will commit their time and energy to a signature priority, developing and implementing a plan to bring it to life in our region.”


The program is being launched with support from the William T. Kemper Foundation. For more information, or to apply, visit The deadline to apply for the 2016 class is Feb. 5, 2016. 

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