Cleveland Bridge Builders Prospective Participants

Bridge Builders are Everywhere.
Participants are diverse in age, race, gender, ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, profession, sector, and experience level. Applicants are selected through a blind selection process. Applications are scored based on: problem solving skills, commitment to community, leadership roles and interpersonal skills.

Time Commitment is Manageable.
The program offers five full-day sessions over ten-months with a two opening retreat in September. In addition to sessions, participants work on team-based Leadership Action Projects (LAPs), which focus on addressing meaningful civic issues. An hour of each session day is dedicated to team meetings, and teams also meet on their own time, periodically, between session days. Participants are also expected to attend the LAP final team presentations and graduation.

Prove yourself Right Away. Extend beyond CBB with a LAP (Leadership Action Project).
LAPs are community-based initiatives in need of focused attention. LAP projects are well defined, with a specific request for engagement along with a targeted outcome for that engagement. Seven to nine LAP projects are selected by an RFP process each year and teams are made up of six to eight CBB participants. LAPs are also a Learning Lab for participants, an immediate place to apply newly learned skills and approaches to civic leadership. Learn more about LAP Projects.

Tuition is Worth It - Scholarships are available.
Tuition for the Class of 2015 was $3,000. Each participant is required to contribute a minimum of $250 personally; the individual, an employer, or some other source may pay the remaining balance.  Partial scholarships are available for participants from the non-profit and government sectors. Scholarships applications are separate from the Cleveland Bridge Builders application.

Want to be a Cleveland Bridge Builder?
Applications are available now.  Deadline to apply is March 15, 2013. Applicants must submit a supervisor acknowledgement of support, two completed reference forms, and pay $25 non-refundable application fee. LEARN MORE and APPLY HERE.

For questions and more information, please contact Program Director, Rachel Ciomcia, at or 216-592-2280.