Community Renewal welcomes young leaders to Shreveport

The national nonprofit, Lead For America, is holding its annual Changemaker Summit for its fellowship members in Shreveport from July 23rd to August 4th. In partnership with Community Renewal International (CRI), Centenary College of Louisiana, Urban Rural Action, Pepperdine University, and Purdue University, as well as local changemakers from across the country, the summit will train over 200 total young leaders, including 100 who will come to the Shreveport community itself, and feature several keynote speakers from across the country, including Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.

Lead For America (LFA) is a national nonprofit that helps outstanding young people become civic leaders. LFA seeks to direct homegrown talent where it’s needed most — in towns and counties where challenges outpace resources available — often in rural and under-resourced communities. Through their flagship two-year paid Fellows program, LFA has funded and placed over 100 Fellows in over 80 communities and 30 states in newly created positions in their home communities since 2019, and plan to have 100 additional Fellows starting in at least 40 new communities and 5 additional states starting in 2021. Combined, LFA Fellows have leveraged more than $17 million for their communities and impacted the lives of more than 13.5 million people. Lead For America’s national headquarters is located in Dodge City, Kansas.

LFA’s Changemaker Summit will mark the graduation for some 50 Fellows, while also marking the start of the two-year fellowship for over 100 additional LFA Fellows.

“In 2019, LFA Fellows began their journeys back to the communities they call home to serve the areas that helped raise them. From the Navajo Nation in Monument Valley, Utah to Marquette, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi our graduating Fellows have started a movement where returning home is not viewed as a failure, but a brave decision to do something bold and necessary,” said Lead For America CEO Joe Nail. “Now a new class of Fellows will embark on a similar path to help tackle issues facing their own hometowns and states.”

“We are excited about the partnership with LFA because we need to flood the world with young minds and hearts dedicated to the renewal of their communities.” Mike Leonard, Community Renewal International

“We wanted to bring them to Shreveport- Bossier City for them to experience the model of Community Renewal so that where ever they go and whatever they do they will take the concepts of Community Renewal with them.” Mike Leonard, Community Renewal International

Over the two-week summit, Fellows will hear from keynote speakers like Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, Editor-in-Chief of Comment Anne Snyder, Community Renewal International Founder and Shreveport resident Mack McCarter, and Vice President at Land O’Lakes Tina May. Graduating Fellows will make pitches to secure seed money for proposals to start their own community ventures like nonprofits, businesses, or other entrepreneurial social enterprises. Current and incoming Fellows will build community together and take part in world class training led by industry experts to gain the technical and leadership skills to help them create meaningful impact in their fellowship placements and communities.

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