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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-June) *applications open in mid-January
  • Fall Class (September-December) *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.

Application

If you wish to be considered for the Columbus Impact Academy (Spring 2021 Class), 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. Friday, February 12, 2021.

Bi-Weekly sessions

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

Volunteering

Commitment to 6 hours of volunteer service (virtual or in person, you choose) in the Columbus community facilitated through the Impact Academy

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 four months, bi-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 10 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.

FALL 2020 CLASS

View our schedule

Below are session dates for the Fall 2020 cohort of the Columbus Impact Academy. ALL SESSIONS ARE HOSTED VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM, unless otherwise noted. All 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 unparalleled events and connections (a value of $200 per person).

Date

Session

Topic/Program Description

Attendance

Friday, 9/11/2020

12-2PM

1

ACADEMY ORIENTATION

(45-minute overview + 45 minutes of team-bonding + 30 minutes to get to know our board

Mandatory

Friday, 9/25/2020

2-4PM

2

"IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY" Brainstorm Session

(two-hour interactive session in pre-assigned small groups + team-building session

Mandatory

Friday, 10/9/2020

12-2PM

3

"FINDING YOUR PLACE & PURPOSE"

(two-hour educational session, with Q&A + team-building

Mandatory

Wednesday, 10/14/2020

12-1PM

A

Enrichment Webinar: "Nonprofit Boards & City Commissions"

(one-hour mini session)

Optional

Friday, 10/23/2020

12-2PM

4

"A MOMENT TO BREATHE"

(two-hour educational/interactive session, focused on race, equity, justice, and white privilege

Mandatory

Thursday, 10/29/2020

1-2PM

B

"IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY" Refinement Session

(one-hour interactive team meeting

Optional

Friday, 11/6/2020

12-2PM

5

"CONNECTING THE DOTS IN COLUMBUS"

(90-minute educational/interactive session, focused on getting to know the city, including history, current leaders & future potential

Mandatory

Thursday, 11/12/2020

12-1PM

C

Enrichment Webinar: "Columbus Trivia"

(60-minute mini session with team trivia & prizes

Optional

Friday, 11/20/2020

1-3PM

6

"IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY" Final Presentations

(two-hour interactive team session

Mandatory

Thursday, 12/3/2020

5:30-7PM

7

Virtual Happy Hour / Graduation

(90-minute after-work session with guest speakers and virtual happy hour) 

Mandatory

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