Apply Now: Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship!

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Posted by Janet Dickerson, on February 7, 2017

This summer, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement is thrilled to launch the Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship (BBCLF)

From June 14-16, with support from the American Express Foundation, CBMA will bring 24 emerging leaders in the Black Male Achievement field to Greensboro, North Carolina for a customized leadership development experience. The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship will leverage the unique strengths and competencies of two Greensboro-based organizations: The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center for this three-day leadership gathering.

Presently this fellowship opportunity is targeting leaders based in Greensboro and from CBMA's five core cities -- Baltimore, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Greensboro and Oakland. After June's convening, the fellowship cohort will participate in a year-long learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement.

Key Information

  • We invite you to submit one or more nominations (for yourself and/or someone in your network) via this form.
    • This form is live until the mid-March application deadline (see overall timeline below)
  • Applications are available via this form.
  • We will host informational webinars in February and March and will send out invitation details shortly
  • We will send reminder blasts a few times before the application deadline.
  • Your nominee does NOT have to be a CBMA member, but they MUST be an emerging leader based in one of the following cities: Baltimore, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Greensboro and Oakland.


What is an “Emerging Leader?”

CBMA envisions the emerging leaders within the 24-person cohort representing multiple sectors, including the non-profit sector, philanthropy, government, faith-based organizations, civic organizations, and the private sector.

CBMA broadly defines emerging leaders in the field of Black male achievement as:

  • Men and women of all races who are responsible for advancing Black male achievement outcomes within their organizations and networks. 
  • In some instances, these are new executive level managers who have guided their organizations into lead roles in the BMA field.
  • In other cases, the emerging leader will be someone who is advancing BMA work within the broader landscape of their organizations or network (i.e. fraternities/sororities);

Additionally, the emerging leader can be a millennial leader who has taken on the mantle of building out a BMA framework within their organization or network.

Pre- and Post-Gathering Actions

Travel & Lodging:

  • We are thrilled that Fellows are committed to deepening their leadership development to ultimately impact the larger BMA field! As part of that investment, we ask that Fellows covertheir round-trip airfare to Greensboro, NC (travel agency information provided upon acceptance).
    • If you are accepted into the fellowship and airfare will be cost-prohibitive, the CBMA team will be able to help with brainstorming creative fundraising solutions.
    • CBMA will cover meals (3/day), ground transportation, programming and lodging (up to 3 nights) for Fellows. 

Leadership Development Curriculum, Assignments & Opportunities:

  • Accepted Fellows are required to attend a prep webinar with the Center for Creative Leadership on April 18, 2017 (listed in timeline below). If unable to attend the live webinar, Fellows must review the webinar recording at their earliest convenience in order to complete the pre-work on time;
  • Fellows are required to submit their completed pre-work to the Center for Creative Leadership by May 23, 2017 (listed in timeline below; submission information provided during the webinar);
  • After Fellows complete the 3-day gathering, they are required to complete four E-Learning Module trainings independently (titles and descriptions shared upon acceptance) by December 31, 2017;
  • Between July 2017-June 2018, Fellows will be asked to submit blog post reflections about their experience and join periodic peer learning calls.
    • Additionally, during this time frame, Fellows will be eligible for participation in CBMA-organized convenings (Rumble Young Man, Rumble, Promise of Place, etc.) and for an opportunity to apply for city-based collaborative mini grants. 


General Timeline


If you have any questions regarding The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship, please email Please allow 48 business hours for a response.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your nominations!