By Rikka Batulan
The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) Foundation offers the Foundation Fellowship each year awarded to two newly elected officials who have been in office for no more than three years that provides African American and other elected officials from diverse communities unparalleled experiences to receive training, mentoring and support from local government officials. Selected individuals are offered the opportunity to be transformed as public policy makers through experiential learning forums, case study discussions and seminars on topics relevant to leadership development.
This program covers a one year complimentary membership to the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group and attendance at the National League of Cities' Congress of Cities in November (held in Seattle this year) and Congressional City Conference (held in Washington, DC) Additionally, fellows will be introduced at the NBC-LEO summer conference in Milwaukee this year and graduate at its conference next year. The 2013-2014 program will run from late July 2013 through August of next year. The deadline for the 2013 - 2014 program is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
The current fellows are Councilmember Karen Y. Johnson from Nashville, Tennessee and Commissioner Jamal Miller from District Heights, Maryland.
When asking about their experience this past year, Johnson said, "The NBC-LEO Fellows Program has given me exposure to a support group of mentors who have bolstered my knowledge and leadership skills to effect change within my city and community. I am thankful for this tremendous learning experience which has resulted in a professional network with new insights, information, and support." While Miller said, "The Fellowship presents an amazing opportunity to learn from and be nurtured by some of the most dynamic elected officials in the country. Throughout the year, the NBC-LEO network has become an extended family, providing the encouragement, support, and mentorship I need to be successful. This is an experience that will continue to yield dividends in my capacity as an elected official and beyond."
Details: For more detailed information including application details and deadlines contact Rikka Batulan, Senior Associate, Constituency Group Programs at 202-626-3062 or by email at Batulan@nlc.org.