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Impact Fellows Program
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Each year, more than 350 individuals graduate from FOCUS' seven civic leadership training programs. The most common question upon completion is "What's next?"


Launched in 2016, the FOCUS Impact Fellows program is one answer to this question, offering emerging and experienced leaders the opportunity to work together to address a specific issue in the St. Louis region. 



About the program


With support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, our 2017-18 second cohort is focused on the issue of the St. Louis region’s health care safety net. Fellows will work with the area's top experts and key players, gaining a deeper understanding of how the region’s health care safety net is structured, funded, and implemented. They will then be challenged to apply their own leadership competencies and innovative thinking to address systematic needs via a self-designed, impactful, and sustainable project. 

In addition to the knowledge gained, projects developed, and networks built, participants will gain considerable training and experience in change management, problem-solving, systems thinking, group dynamics and project management. 

Our 2018-19 cohort will continue exploring the issue of healthcare, with exact topic to be named shortly.


who should apply?

As Impact Fellows represents the most advanced FOCUS' training program, previous leadership training and/or experience is required, and completion of a FOCUS leadership program is highly recommended. If you are new to FOCUS, two letters of recommendation will be required. (This requirement is waived for FOCUS graduates.)

As the goal of FOCUS Impact Fellows is to bring new faces, perspectives and skill sets to a community issue, previous experience or in-depth knowledge of the selected topic is not a requirement for application and/or participation.




The program consists of 12 full-day sessions. Attendance at program days is mandatory and includes time for both training and skill development, as well as working time on the selected class project(s). Program days are held at the FOCUS St. Louis office downtown and at locations around the region, as dictated by the needs and focus of the selected project.


View 2018-19 Program Schedule.


Additionally, please plan to spend time outside of the program days for individual and group work. The amount of time will vary depending on the project selected, but could include conference calls, small group meetings or research, as determined by the class. 



The tuition for the 2018-19 FOCUS Impact Fellows program is $3,500, which includes meals, parking, materials and training. Tuition may be paid by the individual participant, participant's employer, another organization or some combination thereof. A limited amount of tuition assistance may be available to those with financial need, but no full scholarships will be provided. 


apply To Be an impact fellow

Applications for the 2018-19 cohort are due by June 30, 2018.



Meet the 2017-18 cohort!



The inaugural class of FOCUS Impact Fellows used the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work, tackling three separate calls to action.


Visit the 2016 Impact Fellows website for more details on their projects and outcomes, along with ways you can get involved in this work.



Wally Siewert, FOCUS Impact Fellows Director
Email | Tel: (314) 657-4026

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