$50,000 Chuck Cooper Foundation: Leadership Development and Mentoring Program
PROGRAM: 2016 Catalytic
GRANTEE: Chuck Cooper Foundation
The Cooper Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is a program focused on training African-American undergraduate and graduate students through leadership and professional development seminars, and experiential learning opportunities. During the first phase of the program, the Chuck Cooper Foundation (CCF) will recruit 15 graduate students and 30 undergraduate junior and senior students, some of whom have a desire to work in the community development field, into this program to better prepare them for the next stage of their careers. CCF aims to eventually develop a network of 100 student participants and young professionals. This one-year grant term will partially fund the cost of a Program Director, program development and leadership curriculum development for the CLDP.
CCF intends to: 1) Continue career and leadership programming with at least 20 students per semester; 2) Expand professional mentoring program to recruit new mentors from the corporate and other professional communities to provide tailored one-on-one mentoring; 3) Begin to establish a network of stakeholders to provide social capital for students.