Submit your Workstream application by February 3 (5:00 p.m. CST) to participate. APPLICATION LINK:

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) invites you to apply to participate in our upcoming Collective Impact cohort! If you’re interested in participating in community engagement projects that empower Minnesota’s Black community around our four focus areas: Health & Wellness, Education, Family & Culture, and Economic Development, you’re who we’re looking for!

What to Expect If Selected

Participants will join Workstream Committees that will meet for a 6-month work detail. The goal of these committees is to advance our Collective Impact Plan for the Black community around leadership, resources, policy, and culture to bring about change. Each committee has a Black-Centered Design (BCD) Problem Statement and S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) goal to help ensure success. Workstream members will also work with our Task Force members to build solutions to the challenges that face the African American community.

What Workstreams Do

Workstream Committees will bring together community builders and ambassadors to help implement the strategic vision of our Task Force. Workstream members will add solutions to the BCD Problem Statements and implement the program’s collective community workplan. The role of the Collective Impact Workstream member is to use their skills and strengths to implement the community workplan and prioritize actions on short-term projects. To be a successful Workstream member it’s important to have the skillset below:

  • Be familiar with the Problem Statement and Focus area (i.e., health & wellness, economic development, education, family & culture)
  • Be able to communicate effectively and work in a team
  • Prioritize tasks for projects
  • Implement project tasks effectively
  • Be aware of broader work happening in the Black community

Time Commitment

Each member will commit to a 6-month work detail. Each member will meet at least once a month or more depending on the complexity of the project. As a Workstream member each person commits to being present and bringing their full voice, staying on point, being brief, getting through the scheduled agenda, being innovative, and having fun.


  • Access to the African American Leadership Forum Network
  • 50 hours of Professional Development
  • Social Media and Network Exposure
  • Amazing Forum Swag
  • Opportunity to implement solutions to some of the Black community’s most prevalent challenges


  • Align the Forum’s Collective Impact plan to community
  • Create Community Partnerships
  • Implement Community Work Plans
  • Evaluate Year-End Outcomes


  • Complete application form by February 3 (5:00 p.m. CST)
  • Interviews will begin the week of January 25th until February 9th
  • Participants will be notified by February 15th
  • Participants will be part of a Workstream Committee for at least 6 months

If you have questions regarding the application process, reach out to our program director, LaCora Bradford Kesti at To learn more about AALF visit