About Us

What Is the Columbus Impact Academy?

About our program

The Columbus Impact Academy is a four-month community impact and leadership initiative facilitated by the Columbus Young Professionals (CYP) Club twice per year.

  • Spring Class (March 12-June 17) *applications open in mid-January
  • Fall Class (September 10-December 16) *applications open in mid-July

Founded in 2018, the Impact Academy is designed to provide a comprehensive experience in leadership for emerging leaders and high potential professionals.

Participants work together to discover a sense of individual place and purpose, while gaining valuable community perspective on team bonding, communication, access to community leaders, leadership development, board service, and exposure to opportunity, and more.


If you wish to be considered for the Columbus Impact Academy (Fall 2021 leadership cohort), please apply via the button below.

All online applications must be filled out in their entirety in order to be considered.

All applicants are also required to email and endorse their Program Application & Expectations Form along with their resume or link to their LinkedIn profile to Derek Grosso.

Deadline for all applications is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Weekly sessions

Commitment to a four-month leadership program with mandatory virtual sessions during the workday (usually on Fridays)


Commitment to two volunteer opportunities (virtual or in person, you choose) in the community facilitated by the Impact Academy in partnership with POINT

Be Present

Commitment to showing up on time and being present during all sessions

Grow with Columbus

Commitment to Columbus and the growth of our city and region

Getting Started

Our Criteria

Over the course of 15 weeks, weekly leadership sessions will bring focus to individual, group, and community leadership for all participants. You’ll hone your personal and professional skills while getting to know Columbus better and working alongside other emerging leaders on a community impact project, with guidance from our Impact & Inclusion Advisory Board.

Our curriculum offers 15 leadership sessions total (including Orientation and Graduation) each approx. 2 hours in duration during the workweek, along with a handful of optional events & service focused opportunities too.

Cost of tuition is $750 per person.


View our Curriculum

Click the impact below for session dates for the Spring 2021 cohort of the Columbus Impact Academy.

ALL LEADERSHIP SESSIONS ARE HOSTED VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM OR VIRVENTI, unless otherwise noted. Dates are subject to change.

In addition, participants will be given complimentary access to the CYP Club’s Premium Membership level for 12 months, offering even more events and connections (a value of $200 per person).

Do you want to grow your career?

we can do it together