Greensboro, N.C. – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) has been awarded a grant of $170,000 from Oak Foundation to create two new digital leadership development solutions to serve youth and young adults. These resources will empower young people, both within and outside of the classroom, to explore and actualize their potential as values-driven leaders.
Pairing Oak Foundation’s unique expertise in serving the population of young adults who have learning differences, such as dyslexia or attention deficits, and CCL’s industry-leading experience in leader development will bring leadership education to new frontiers and make an extensive impact on society. These resources have been inclusively designed to work for all youth and young adults, including those who may have struggled in school.
Oak Foundation’s mission is to commit its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. This mission synchronizes with the Center’s Societal Advancement initiatives, which aim to provide access to leadership development for youth and other underserved populations throughout the world.
“This grant has awarded CCL with a prime window of opportunity to help change the landscape of leadership development for youth and young adults, including those with learning differences,” says Jayke Hamill, project director of the initiative. “By working with an incredible foundation like Oak and our other supporting organizations on this initiative, we’re continuing to expand the leadership pipeline. Our team values this project as a powerful way to include and serve a diverse range of learners, many of whom are marginalized within the mainstream sphere of leadership development.”
Dana Brinson, programme officer with Oak Foundation, believes that these digital solutions will make leadership development available and affordable to a broader range of young people. “Too often, young people who have learning differences like dyslexia don’t see themselves as leaders simply because they may have struggled in school,” she said. “We are excited to partner with CCL to make these inclusively designed resources available so that more youth and young adults have the opportunity to develop as leaders in their lives and communities.”
We are honored to be launching this initiative in partnership with YouthBuild USA, Eye to Eye, the East Carolina University STEPP Program, the Fayetteville State University Bronco STAR Program, and Noble Academy of Greensboro.