The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship

The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship

Investing in Emerging Leaders in the Black Male Achievement Movement

Greensboro, North Carolina

June 14-16, 2017 

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Overview of the Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) is a national membership organization that exists to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations working to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys in America. With support from the American Express Foundation, CBMA has designed and implemented a customized leadership development experience for a cohort of 24 emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship will utilize the unique strengths and competencies of two Greensboro, North Carolina-based organizations: The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center, along with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement

This diverse cohort of 24 fellows will participate in a year-long Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement. A three-day leadership gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center will serve as a catalyst for this twelve-month journey. This innovative leadership development experience will impact both individual fellows as well as the broader Black Male Achievement field. Fellows are specifically expected to:  

  • Develop a deeper understanding of practices that are essential for successful leadership to engage in and lead the Black Male Achievement Movement.
  • Increase self-awareness for overall personal and professional growth.
  • Seek and use feedback for more impactful leadership.
  • Leverage 360 feedback and executive coaching resources to build a results-driven development plan for personal and organizational growth. Expand knowledge on movement-building and social change principles from Civil Rights Movement to the Movement for Black Lives
  • Build case study-learning on Greensboro-based grassroots organizing efforts that will help leaders become more effective collaborators and coalition-builders.
More about our Greensboro Partners

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL): This international, leadership development institute has served organizations and individual leaders from diverse sectors for more than 40 years. Its vision is to create cutting-edge knowledge in the field of leadership development to positively transform leaders, organizations, and societies to achieve what matters most to them - with results that are powerful, measurable, and enduring. CCL has three sites in the Americas, including Greensboro, NC, Colorado Springs, CO, and La Jolla, CA.

The Beloved Community Center (BCC): The BCC is a community-based, grassroots empowerment-oriented organization in Greensboro, NC, rooted in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of proactive struggles for racial and economic justice, democracy and beloved community. The BCC is committed to grassroots empowerment, especially among people of color, within the context and spirit of forging a beloved community for all residents. Through community-building, community-organizing, advocacy and other forms of coalition-building, the BCC continues to work towards building a “Beloved Community.” This organization has advanced the social justice movement for leaders of color within Greensboro and beyond for over 25 years. 

Who is an “Emerging Leader?”

CBMA intends to engage emerging leaders from its Promise of Place cities of Baltimore, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Oakland to participate. In addition, considering the community context and location, local emerging leaders will be engaged from Greensboro, as well.

Over the past eight years, CBMA has played a significant role in defining and establishing the nascent field of Black Male Achievement, which has recently seen the emergence of national and local efforts like the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the Executives’ Alliance to Promote Opportunities for Men and Boys of Color, Echoing Green BMA Fellowship, and Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), Rumble Young Man, Rumble, and Black Male Re-Imagined, just to name a few. 

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 cover their 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 19, 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. 
Fellow Application and Fellow Acceptance Timelines*
Date Application Event
February 14, 2017 Application Available
Early March Informational Webinars (View Recording Below)
March 20, 2017 Application Deadline
March 22-31, 2017 Application Review Period for Selection Committee
April 11, 2017 Final Fellow Notifications
Date Remaining Timeline Items are for Accepted Cohort Fellows
April 13, 2017 Deadline for Fellows to return signed acceptance documentation
April 19, 2017 @12:00-1:00 PM EST Fellows engage in webinar with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and receive pre-work
May 6, 2017 Deadline for Fellows to book travel
May 23, 2017 Deadline for Fellows to complete pre-work
June 13, 2017 Out-of-town Fellows arrive in Greensboro, NC
June 14-16, 2017 The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship takes place
June 16, 2017 Out-of-town Fellows depart from Greensboro, NC
July 2017-June 2018 Post-Fellowship Engagement (including four E-Learning Module trainings, peer learning calls, blog pieces, eligibility for participation in CBMA convenings, eligibility to apply for city-based collaborative mini grants, etc.)

*Please note that the Fellow Application Deadline and Fellow Acceptance Timeline is firm. Applicants must be able to respond, communicate, and engage based on this timeline. It is critical that this timeline is adhered to so partners can best create an institute experience and fellowship that is meaningful and relevant for every cohort member. If an applicant is not able to adhere to this timeline, their acceptance will be rescinded and another fellow will be selected.     

How to Apply

The BBCL Fellowship Application period has closed as of March 20, 2017


If you have any questions regarding The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship, please email

You can also learn more about The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship by watching the recorded webinar presentation posted below.

Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship Webinar Recording: Watch Below


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