Since 2007, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund has been supporting the City Scholars® Foundation, which trains, coaches, mentors, connects and inspires a growing network of non-profit CEOs to transform the lives of thousands of inner-city youth helping them become inner-“City Scholars®,” prepared for college, career and community leadership.
As demand increases and resources shrink, non-profit CEOs engaged in a uniquely challenging and often lonely job need more than a heart for helping low-income youth to keep the lights on and the doors open. To inspire, challenge, equip and encourage both established and emerging non-profit CEOs (particularly those leading organizations with operating budgets less than $1 million) to lead well with limited resources, the Foundation sponsors its City Scholars® Fellowship, an innovative leadership learning community.
Formally nominated and rigorously vetted, City Scholars® Fellows come together monthly (January – October) each year to learn and share best practices, discover creative solutions to common challenges, cultivate strategic partnerships and collaborations, and inspire and hold each other accountable to measurably improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the over 69,000 predominately low-income youth they currently serve throughout the five-county Greater Los Angeles region. Through the Fellowship, non-profit CEOs build skills, confidence and relationships they need to grow the education non-profits they lead from survival to success to significance.
Leveraging its trademark curriculum, The CEO ESSENTIALS™, as a common leadership language connecting all Fellows regardless of leadership experience, organization size or Fellowship tenure, the Fellowship combines:
- Education – Monthly Fellowship Roundtables and Power Lunches (small-group deep dives)
CEO ESSENTIALS Topics: Strategic Leadership, Board Development, Staff Development, Program Development & Evaluation, Financial Leadership, Marketing & Communications, Fundraising & Resource Development, Strategic Planning and Personal Leadership Sustainability
- Coaching – 1:1 Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring
- Networking – Monthly Impact Celebrations with executives, entrepreneurs, educators, grantmakers and community leaders