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The Kellogg Leaders for Community Change was implemented with a view of supporting leadership within communities. The over arching program has focused on a number of themes, the quality of learning and teaching and youth adult partnerships. The program is designed to strengthen community leaders by emphasizing the practice of collective leadership, in which decision-making power is distributed and shared among a diverse representation of the local population.

KLCC operates from the premise that while many 21st-century communities are eager to shape new visions for themselves, they often lack the relationships and collective leadership experience required to realize these visions. Crossing Boundaries, Changing Communities is a core philosophy of KLCC, urging the inclusion of non-traditional leaders from diverse backgrounds in the collective decision-making processes of their communities. This philosophy helps community leaders cultivate the relationships and expertise they need to improve neighborhoods for all of the residents they serve.

KLCC is implemented in sessions, each lasting roughly 36 months. Each session is framed around a particular theme or topic, and participant communities are selected from across the country through a rigorous discernment process that involves written applications, interviews and site visits. KLCC Session I began in 2002. KLCC Session II began in 2005 and is currently underway. Planning is also underway for a third session.

KLCC is administered locally by host agencies in each of the grantee communities. These community-based organizations are selected by the Foundation because of their established record of successfully leading change in their community.

Leadership sessions were convened in each community where participants engaged in work around issues of power, working through historic conflicts (often around race/ethnicity, community aspirations, actions plans, personal work to understand one’s own values and potential contributions, attention to how to cross boundaries. There were elements of leadership development and also organic responsiveness to where a community was and a action learning and planning process to help those engaged move forward together.

Each year, representatives from each of the selected communities attended a national learning exchange to share examples of what they were doing in their communities and also to harvest and share lessons about different aspects of their work, like how to work across boundaries, or support individuals to bring their full gifts to the community.

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