Cleveland Bridge Builders (CBB) is a launch pad for mid-career professionals that prepares them for a greater role in the community by fostering teamwork, growth and learning.
Gain the knowledge and skills to create meaningful change in the community through experiential, team-based, hands-on learning. Advance your communication skills and understanding of group dynamics, and expand your knowledge of the civic realm. Learn and work alongside others who have a shared passion for change. Your diverse classmates will broaden your horizons and become powerful allies in addressing critical social issues.
You can have an immediate impact by focusing your energy on a meaningful civic issue through a Leadership Action Project (LAP). LAPs serve as a team-based learning lab where you can apply your newly-learned skills and approaches to collaborative leadership to assist a local community organization.
- Your commitment
CBB is a 10-month program that includes a two-day opening retreat, five full-day sessions, two workshops and Leadership Action Project small-group meetings. Participants may not miss more than one session to remain in the program.
Tuition for the Class of 2021 is $3,500. Each participant is required to contribute a minimum of $300 personally; the individual, an employer or other source may pay the balance.
Partial scholarships are available, and CLC will work with successful applicants to ensure tuition is not a barrier. Scholarships are determined via a separate application.
There is a non-refundable $25 application fee.
- Selection criteria
Participants are chosen through a blind selection process. A volunteer alumni panel reviews all submissions and scores applicants on problem-solving skills, commitment to community, demonstrated leadership abilities and interpersonal skills.
Approximately 60 leaders are selected through a highly competitive selection process. Applicants must:
- Demonstrate a commitment to the community and strong leadership, collaboration and problem-solving skills.
- Have the full support of their employer for the time commitment to the program.
- Provide two recommendations focused on professional and civic accomplishments.
Successful applicants will be notified in June. Those who are not accepted are encouraged to reapply in future years.
Applications for the Class of 2021 will open on February 1, 2020.
For more information, email Jody Bonhard, Director of Cleveland Bridge Builders, or call (216) 453-1521.
- First-hand accounts
Hear first-hand accounts of how the program impacts participants on the CBB YouTube playlist.