The Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership training program designed to meet the personal, cultural, civic and professional development needs of 15-20 intergenerational African American leaders while fostering their lifelong commitment to improving outcomes in the community. With sponsorship by the Bush Foundation and based on the Collective Impact model, JRJLA will leverage the time and talents of established African American leaders in business and philanthropy, government and politics, faith and religion, and community action. Under the mentorship these leaders, the JRJLA fellows actively engage in developing a united urban agenda, which will detail the critical issues in the African American community and their solutions.

Although other training programs are available to emerging leaders, JRJLA will fill a critical gap by addressing not only the professional skills necessary to achieve success, but the culturally-specific needs of African Americans, including racial pride, psychological development, collective consciousness and community building. JRJLA will develop, connect, support, and train new African American leaders through monthly meetings, quarterly trainings, mentorship, and project-based learning.  JRJLA will build participants’ capacity to improve the lives of African Americans in Twin Cities and throughout the state of Minnesota and will cultivate a culture of leadership that is rooted in generosity, fellowship, courage and accountability.

Successful applicants will be required to commit to: 

1)  Attendance at a one hour Monthly Meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month, between March and November.

2)  Attendance at a half day Training Session every other month, on the 1st Saturday between April and November.

3) A 2-hour Mentorship each month.

4) Undertaking a Community Service Project in an area of personal  interest.

5) Participation on a state, county, local or nonprofit board or commission