Why ALI?

The Advanced Leadership Institute, inspired by the Legacy of Carl and Louis Stokes, engages leaders across the career continuum to learn about and work to address complex community issues.

You will delve into the five Stokes policy areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Workforce Development

ALI will challenge you to address critical problems in these policy areas and provide you with the collaborative skill set needed to advance positive, lasting community change.

Senior ALI Fellows
The Senior ALI Fellows are a select group of civically engaged and influential members of the community with a keen interest in mentoring and supporting the development and work of future and current leaders. Senior ALI Fellows will be invited to participate.

Stokes Fellows
The Stokes Fellows are mid-career professionals who are devoted to learning more about the five policy areas and posses a strong interest in civic leadership and involvement. ALI Fellows are accepted through a selective application process.


Junior ALI Fellows
The Junior ALI Fellows are selected from students currently enrolled in Cuyahoga Community College’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy by Tri-C faculty and staff in consultation with CLC.

Tri-C students, contact Dean Matthew Jordan to apply.

  • Class of 2021 Schedule
    • October 23, 2020: Opening Retreat
    • November 12, 2020: Policy Area Session 1
    • December 4, 2020: Policy Area Session 2
    • January 8, 2021: Policy Area Session 3
    • February 5, 2021: Policy Area Session 4
    • March 12, 2021: Policy Area Session 5
    • April 2021, date TBD by class: Working Session 1
    • May 2021, date TBD by class: Working Session 2
    • June 2021, date TBD: Public Experience
    • June 25, 2021: Commencement
  • Your Commitment

    Participants are expected at each session, including the culminating public experience in June.

    Tuition for the Class of 2021 is $1,500 for Stokes Fellows. Senior ALI Fellows pay no tuition.

    Limited financial assistance is available, and CLC will work with successful applicants to ensure tuition is not a barrier. Scholarships are determined via the scholarship application form that will be available on the same dates as the program application.

  • Application Process

    Stokes Fellows Class of 2022 applications will open in Spring 2021. There is a non-refundable $10 application fee. Applicants must have the full support of their employer and submit two recommendations as part of the application.

    Junior Fellows will register directly through Tri-C. Interested Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy students can contact Dean Matthew Jordan.

To learn more, email Lenora Inez Brown or call (216) 456-8004.

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