Community Solutions

Community Solutions

The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide. Community Solutions Fellows complete a four-month fellowship from August to December with a US nonprofit organization or local government agency. Our Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. Fellows return home to apply their new skills through a community action project.

Community Solutions

The Community Solutions Program is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide. Community Solutions Fellows complete a four-month fellowship from August to December with a US nonprofit organization or local government agency. Our Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. Fellows return home to apply their new skills through a community action project.

Become a Community Solutions Program Fellow

The application for the Community Solutions Program is now open. Apply by October 31, 2017!

Partners

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Goals

The goal of the Community Solutions Program (CSP) is for engaged community leaders to positively impact the complex economic, environmental, political, and social challenges in their communities and become ambassadors for mutual understanding. To achieve this, Community Solutions Fellows:

  • Strengthen their leadership skills
  • Increase their technical expertise in specific thematic areas
  • Build and strengthen sustainable professional networks with international colleagues and institutions

In addition, CSP increases the capacity of US partner organizations by:

  • Increasing their understanding of innovative approaches being used by the Fellows and their organizational affiliates in their home countries
  • Nurturing collaboration and partnerships with international professionals and organizations

Project Activities

  • Four-month US-based fellowship: Community Solutions Fellows are matched with nonprofit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States where they work with US colleagues on initiatives related to issues they face in their own communities.
  • Community Leadership Institute: The cornerstone of the Community Solutions Program is the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), a leadership academy that provides customized learning and coaching to each Community Solutions Fellow. The CLI uses a blended learning approach, where leaders participate in online sessions and in-person workshops, receive professional coaching, engage in experiential learning through tailored professional fellowships at US host institutions, and interact with other professionals in their field. The Community Solutions Program enables fellows to work across multiple communities—their individual fellowship cohort, the larger CSP alumni community, their US host community, and their home community—to learn and disseminate knowledge and best practices aimed at generating positive community change.
  • Community-based initiatives: Community Solutions Fellows develop innovative community action projects in collaboration with their US host institutions and implement these projects after they return to their home countries. Project summaries are made available online, allowing Fellows to share their work with other community leaders around the world.
  • International network of community development professionals: Community Solutions Fellows continue to network and collaborate with like-minded leaders from around the world on global development issues through alumni activities and opportunities offered through the Community Leadership Institute online platform.

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Contact

E-mail: csp@irex.org