Curriculum Information

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About the Class:

Classes are kept intentionally small (25-30) to encourage self-exploration and team building. The program curriculum divides its time between personal leadership development and community action.

If you have any questions about the Fellows curriculum or its application process, please contact Jon Campbell at jon [at] newmemphis [dot] org

Personal Leadership Development and Foundations of Leadership

This 2-day seminar is designed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership. We use self-assessment tools to empower participants to leverage their personal leadership assets, overcome barriers to success and identify key areas of growth for the coming year.

Memphis 101

In-depth community awareness comes from this provocative crash course in what made Memphis the city it is today and how its history, culture, people and politics impact where we are going.

Skills Workshops

This series of workshops hones the Fellows’ skills related to communications, conflict, inclusion, design-thinking, and learning styles.

“Real Deal Government” Sessions

Learn how to get things done in Memphis through this 2-part seminarabout navigating the local political and non-profit environment. As part of the experience, Fellows work in teams to present to diverse audiences in high-intensity scenarios.

Team Trek

Fellows cement their relationship with a diverse network of remarkable peers at this team building retreat featuring a series of complex outdoor simulations focusing on trust, collaboration, decision making and problem solving.

Community Action Project

Fellows put their newly developed leadership skills into action through a Community Action Project (CAP).

Community Action Project (CAP) Design

The planning and design process of the Community Action Project comes early in the program through a series of events including Real Deal Nonprofit, Peer Exchange, CAP Consultation and Review Boards. Seasoned community leaders mentor the Fellows throughout this process at these events and one-on-one.

The Fellows implement the CAP as defined in collaboration with a non-profit CAP host during the final six months of their Fellows engagement. There are currently more than 150 CAPs transforming Memphis. You can learn more about the Community Action Projects or apply to be a host organization here.