Training non-profit CEOs who help low-income youth achieve against the odds is our mission.

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It’s also the most powerful and cost-effective way to help thousands of low-income, yet high-potential youth— who depend upon quality education and enrichment programs, which, in turn, depend upon great leaders —stay in school, out of trouble and on track to a brighter future.

As demand continues to increase and resources shrink, non-profit CEOs/Executive Directors need more than a heart for helping kids to keep the lights on and the doors open. Engaged in a challenging and often lonely job, non-profit CEOs need exactly the real-world taining and professional support our City Scholars® Leadership Academy provides tuition free.


City Scholars® Leadership Academy


Our Academy’s practical approach to effective leadership helps leaders with heart improve their serve where the need is greatest, as they learn toslow the roll, lighten the load and enjoy the journey.” Our tuition-free Academy inspires, challenges, equips and encourages a cohort of 10 highly-motivated non-profit CEOs each year, while also helping alumni stay connected, inspired and involved. Focusing on the “business of non-profit, our Academy integrates:

CEO ESSENTIALS™ : Business & Leadership TRAINING

• 1:1 Leadership COACHING

• Alumni & Business MENTORING

• Small-Group NETWORKING with Grantmakers & Community Leaders