The CAUSE Leadership Institute (CLI), is a six-month fellowship program that develops visionary leaders who can effectively advocate for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
Through CLI, fellows are empowered with the knowledge, access, and network to embark on their own civic leadership pathways. Fellows emerge from the program prepared to support, advocate, and serve as leaders of the APA community. Every CLI session is rooted in a comprehensive curriculum that ensures fellows receive continuous exposure to the qualities that make a CAUSE leader.
CLI Fellows graduate the program with dedication to lead change in their industry and build cross-sector connections for positive change. They will have a renewed respect for the complex intricacies of our civic landscape, as well as fresh perspectives and vision on how to effectively navigate that landscape. CLI Fellows will be equipped to be the leading changemakers on behalf of the APA community.
The program was co-founded by CAUSE and USC Dornsife’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to ensure a pipeline of political and civic leadership for the APA community.
Fellows must be able to commit to attending all mandatory full-day training sessions from January 2020 to June 2020. Sessions occur in and around the Greater Los Angeles community.
Additional readings and assignments may be required in between sessions to ensure an optimal learning experience.
Each fellow is required to pay a $400 program fee with a $100 security deposit. Dues will go towards funding session facilities, resources, and meals.
Participants will meet with political thought leaders for candid discussions on the current state of various policy issues. These intimate, off-the-record conversations provide exclusive insight into the latest policy developments. Policy issue focuses vary by year and have included: K-12 education, healthcare, energy and the environment, workforce development, transportation, and housing.
Civic Leadership Skill Development
CLI participants meet with experts to develop the essential modern leadership qualities needed to effectively advocate for our community. This may include systems-level analysis, messaging and communications, and cultivating individualized authentic leadership styles. Skills gained will prepare CLI participants for civic leadership throughout the rest of their career and leadership journey.
CAUSE’s network gives CLI Fellows exclusive access to the movers and shakers in California. Each speaker shares their personal experiences and leadership journeys. Speakers share their own best practices on public service and civic leadership and provide deeper perspective into what it takes to lead our community. Past speakers have included The Hon. Ed Chau, The Hon. John Chiang, Rusty Hicks, Gary Toebben, and The Hon. Betty Yee.
Connections & Community
The CAUSE family is a network united around a shared desire to advance the APA community. Each CLI cohort is encouraged to connect with each other, the speakers, and the larger community. CLI Fellows are also invited to exclusive networking, political, and community events.
FELLOW PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Enhance ability to articulate how personal experiences, skills, and values make fellows uniquely qualified to advocate for the APA community
Develop an understanding of the challenges that face the APA community across a variety of issues
Cultivate the capability to address and solve community issues at both individual and systemic levels
Connections to a large and thriving network
Establish a clear vision for personal civic impact and a roadmap for getting there
Our program is highly selective and each member of our cohort is selected based on their leadership abilities, public service, and community involvement. All of our program fellows are identified and nominated by leading elected officials, select nonprofit partner organizations, or a CAUSE Board Member.
Important Dates & Deadlines
Leadership Institute Session #1 &
Leadership Institute Session #2
Leadership Institute Session #3
Leadership Institute Session #4
Leadership Institute Session #5
Leadership Institute Session #6 & Graduation
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 11:59PM PST
Saturday, January 11, 2020 &
Sunday, January 12, 2020 (two-day session)
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020