Emerging Leaders Civic Action Projects

The FOCUS Emerging Leaders program welcomes proposals from civic/community organizations for Civic Action Projects, to be completed by each Emerging Leaders cohort. These projects are community-based initiatives of importance that need focused attention by a multidisciplinary cross-sector team of leaders. Successful projects are well defined, with a specific request for engagement from an EL CAP team along with a targeted outcome for that engagement. Teams are made up of no more than six EL participants with a total of 4-6 teams. EL will conduct team projects with each fall/spring cohort with the intent of contributing to the community and incorporating service-learning into the program curricula.

Benefits for Participating Organizations

Team projects provide the opportunity for Champion organizations/initiatives to:

  1. Benefit from a diverse team of dedicated community leaders
  2. Meaningfully address a current civic challenge
  3. Explore creative solutions to problems
  4. Grow your civic network among team participants and other class members
  5. Nurture leadership that embraces new ideas and taking risks
Benefits for Emerging Leaders Participants

Team projects provide an opportunity for EL participants to:

  1. Work directly with organizations and leaders to address challenges facing our region
  2. Apply and develop leadership skills while implementing best practices learned in EL
  3. Work alongside community leaders and senior level professionals
  4. Engage in peer-to-peer mentoring
  5. Leverage the dynamic backgrounds and perspectives of class members
  6. Facilitate the development of long-term relationships and sustainable solutions

Individuals and organizations wishing to convene a team project must:

  • Outline a project or initiative that serves the Greater St. Louis region;
  • Be realistic about expectations for team involvement (on average, each participant will spend approx. 10-12 hours on the project over the duration of the 3-month program);
  • Engage with a project team for the duration of the program and attend meetings on program days;
  • Have a clear understanding that this engagement does not involve fundraising;
  • Identify Champion(s) that will provide support to the team throughout the project; and
  • Have support from your Board of Directors, Advisory Board or senior leadership.

We will not consider team project requests from religious organizations for sectarian purposes, for-profit companies, sports teams or political organizations.

To submit a proposal, please complete the form below.  Questions? Contact Emerging Leaders Director Shalia Ford at (314) 657-4021 or shaliaf@focus-stl.org.

Emerging Leaders Civic Action Project Proposals

  • Section I: Contact Information

  • Section II: Organizational Background

  • Section III: Short Answers

  • Section IV: Attachments