“Coro’s ICLP gave me the tools to advance my work in neighborhood-specific cultural production and become a better leader. The program connected me to a diverse network of professionals from all walks of life and various sectors that are defining the future of our city.” Gonzalo Casals (ICLP 2011) Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
“Coro provides a safe space for change agents in NYC. Through the Coro alumni network, I have met extraordinary people who will go above and beyond to advance the immigrant community of NYC.” Valerie León (ICLP 2013) Project Manager, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
“ICLP is an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow community leaders and gain the tools necessary to make a lasting impact to strengthen immigrant communities.” Nisha Agarwal Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
For those leading change in New York City’s immigrant communities, the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP) provides our city’s top talent with the resources they need to understand how to influence meaningful change and address complex challenges within their work. The Immigrant Civic Leadership Program is a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition.
In partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), Coro will provide ICLP participants with a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals. All participants develop a Community Change Project that will strengthen their immigrant community so that the program impact goes beyond the training room.
Immigrant Civic Leadership Program meets July 2018 through January 2019 with a Showcase Session in April 2019 and requires a significant time commitment of attendance including:
● Program Orientation
● 3-day overnight Opening Retreat
● 4 Saturday Leadership Retreat days
● Bimonthly Networking Evening Events (plus 2 optional “Coronect” evenings)
● 4 Tuesday Strategy Day Sessions
● Closing Session & Graduation
● Follow-Up Session
THE NETWORK: ICLP connects participants to an accomplished community of City leaders, NYIC members and Coro alumni from all industries and sectors, who are dedicated to supporting one another and to improving the City in which we live and work.
- During the program, participants develop close ties their cohorts through intensive training and peer consulting. Many alumni stay connected long after the program ends.
- ICLP pairs advisors from our diverse and influential alumni and NYIC community with each participant to discuss the Community Change Project, provide feedback and advice, and connect participants to information, people, and resources that support their project’s vision.
- Participants gain access to an alumni network of the most diverse leadership communities in New York. Deputy mayors and neighborhood activists; company heads and social entrepreneurs—more than 2,400 New Yorkers who know how the city functions and why their contributions and collaborations are essential for its progress.
THE KNOWLEDGE: ICLP uses inquiry-based instruction to explore strategies for leveraging resources and developing partnerships.
- Participants meet and interview a range of stakeholders—from immigrant community leaders and government officials to the broader ICLP alumni community—to explore leadership strategies and resources they can apply to their work.
- Through Strategy Days, participants explore key topics and ideas that will help them understand and navigate current issues facing immigrant communities today. Through a range of interviews and activities, participants will meet community leaders, decision makers, people of influence and other stakeholders across different sectors to gain insider knowledge, an awareness of multiple perspectives and explore the benefits of collaboration to drive change.
THE SKILLS: ICLP uses the City of New York as a classroom to explore and build effective leadership skills so that graduates can adapt and thrive in challenging environments.
- During Leadership Days, participants build their individual and collaborative capacity for practicing leadership. Training covers developing purpose and vision, setting goals, giving and receiving feedback, adaptive leadership framework, and leadership styles.
- Participants come to the program with a planned Community Change Project that seeks to strengthen their immigrant community. Throughout the program, participants refine their vision, apply their learning, report project developments, receive feedback, and share successes with the group. (The April follow-up session focuses on discussing each participant’s project, results, and lessons learned.)
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Each year, approximately 20 organizational leaders and emerging changemakers whose work is focused on strengthening NYC immigrant communities are competitively selected to participate. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Work in New York City for an organization supporting immigrant communities
- At least 5 years of work experience relevant to work with immigrant communities
- Passion for developing new leadership skills essential to problem-solving in New York
- A defined Community Change Project that seeks to strengthen immigrant communities
- Interest in actively participating in the Coro community and ICLP alumni network
Applications for the 2018-2019 ICLP cohort are now closed and will reopen in spring 2019.
The Immigrant Civic Leadership Program is a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). The NYIC supports Coro by providing direction on program planning, recruitment, and curriculum development. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.