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 with a U.S. 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.

The Community Solutions Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

U.S. flag, State Department seal, Community Solutions logo, and photo of four Community Solutions participants

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 with a U.S. 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.

The Community Solutions Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX.

Partner with Community Solutions

The Community Solutions Program is looking for community partners to host fellows, connect fellows to the local community, help recruit fellows, and more. 

Quick Facts

  • Since 2010, staff have supported more than 550 fellows from 66 countries in becoming more effective leaders.
  • Fellows have served more than 340,500 direct beneficiaries through follow-on projects.
  • After completing the Community Solutions Program, fellows felt 40 times more confident in their ability to inspire broad positive change in their community.
  • 91% of U.S. host organizations reported that their fellow shared at least one tool, strategy, or model that was useful to them.
This was one of the most enriching and challenging experiences I have had in my life. Community Solutions Fellow Adriana Obregon, Colombia

Sponsor

U.S. flag and US Department of State seal

Goals

The goal of the Community Solutions Program 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.

The Community Solutions Program also increases the capacity of U.S. partner organizations by nurturing collaboration and partnerships with international professionals and organizations.

Project Activities

  • Four-month U.S.-based fellowship: Community Solutions Fellows are matched with nonprofit organizations, private entities, and government offices across the United States where they work with U.S. colleagues on initiatives related to issues they face in their own communities.
  • Community Leadership Institute: The cornerstone of the program, the Community Leadership Institute is a leadership academy that provides customized learning and coaching to each Fellow. Leaders participate in online sessions and in-person workshops, receive professional coaching, engage in experiential learning through tailored professional fellowships at U.S. host institutions, and interact with other professionals in their field.
  • Community-based initiatives: Community Solutions Fellows develop innovative community action projects in collaboration with their U.S. 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: 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