“After five years of working with the Coro Fellows Program,
I’ve come to believe that if you want the best, just call Coro!”
NANCY KAVIN, PROJECT MANAGER, SPRING GREEN EXPO, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
“Coro Fellows have the ability to come on board, enter a situation
and immediately start helping, participating and contributing.”
SHIRLEY JAHAD, FORMER HOST AND JOURNALIST, 89.3 KPCC-FM, NPR LOS ANGELES
“The Fellows have given us the ability to think creatively
in ways that never would have been possible otherwise.”
BILL ROUSE, GENERAL MANAGER, YELLOW CAB CO.
“Coro invests in exceptional and diverse individuals
and provides them the skills to be effective leaders in Los Angeles. ”
ELICIA VAFAIE, PROJECT MANAGER, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT DEPARTMENT, CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
WHAT IS A PROJECT?
Coro Southern California is now accepting proposals from organizations who wish to take on the exceptional services of our Coro Fellows. Every spring our Fellows engage in two 4-week project periods where they execute large projects and deliver comprehensive results for your organization.
Projects are customizable and can cover one or both project periods and include one or multiple Fellows.
Over the last several decades, Coro Fellows have successfully completed more than 400 group and individual projects for a range of public, private and non-profit organizations.
Project Period #1
March 13 – April 16, 2018
Project Period #2
April 9 – May 4, 2018
WHY PARTNER WITH CORO?
One of the highest-rated such programs in the country, the Coro Fellows Program is a nine-month, full-time fellowship that prepares young professionals for effective leadership across sectors. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program is rigorous and demanding. Coro combines its unique curriculum of systems analysis, fact-finding, project management, communication, and teamwork skills building with real-world experiences that rely on the city as the classroom. Fellows bring a fresh look, high work caliber and quick turn-around times to their project sites, leaving the hosting organizations better than they found them.
“It’s so rare that you have a vision for something, you hand it off, and it comes back exactly how you’d imagined.”
Nat Gale, Principal Project Coordinator
Active Transportation Division, LADOT
HOW ARE THE PROJECTS EXECUTED?
Coro and the Fellow(s) will work with the host organization to determine a scope of work, and the project will be overseen by a project manager assigned by the host organization. The Fellows will report directly to the project manager. Coro staff will also be in frequent communication with the project manager to ensure expectations are met. During the project period, Fellows are available to work full- time Tuesday – Friday and weekends as necessary.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST MY ORGANIZATION?
Coro asks all organizations to sponsor the project period with a financial contribution to Coro, which helps underwrite the cost of the Fellows Program training. Generally, the suggested donation for individual projects is $7,000 per Fellow. Group project donations range from $25,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of work and number of Fellows assigned. The project funding can come from more than one organization.
If you’re interested in applying for a 2018 project,
or for more information, contact Sara Loncka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Coro Fellows brought a fresh perspective to our work. They were active learners in a new field and enthusiastically dove into their project. We have no doubt that these young leaders will continue to have an outsized positive impact in their future endeavors.”
Kyle Miller, Senior Program Director
Teacher Development & Evaluation, ECMC Foundation
8 REASONS TO INVEST IN A CORO PROJECT
1Fellows can synthesize complex information quickly.
2Fellows have first-hand experience in multiple sectors, which equips them with context and relationships with key decision makers.
3Fellows are experts at designing and completing targeted projects in a timely manner.
4Fellows are able to provide fresh outlooks and perspectives on longstanding problems.
5Fellows are trained to seek a broad base of information before reaching conclusions, with a heavy emphasis on conducting personal interviews and collecting detailed data.
6Fellows are motivated and will work demanding hours.
7Fellows will bring the rigor and tools of Coro’s training in critical thinking to bear on complicated problems.
8Fellows have high-production value in developing final reports, as well as communication and marketing pieces.
“What I learned in Coro is key to my ability to manage special projects for the Executive Director and also lead change management initiatives at the Port Authority.”
– Midori Valdivia, FPPA NY ’06
Lacey M. Johnson
Created comprehensive strategic plans for the Empowerment Congress’ Environmental Committee and the Second District’s Environmental Service Center that sought to revitalize community engagement through advocacy and programming.“It’s amazing how much you can succeed when you experiment and take risks. My project experience gave me the confidence to incorporate these strategies into my daily life and have added significant value to the work that I produce.”
Conducted a cost-effectiveness study of the UCLA Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic funded by the Port of Long Beach targeting underserved youth in Long Beach.“This experience showed me how much work goes into studying the data prior to a research study, and how difficult it can be to draw meaningful inferences. It underscored the importance of having high-quality public datasets about environmental risk factors to identify vulnerable populations.”
Conducted a strategic planning and capacity-building project for Islah LA, a community center in South LA“Doing hands-on strategic planning with a start-up nonprofit was a rich learning experience. I learned the importance of creating sustainable infrastructure, building staff capacity, fiscal management, and balancing the needs of fundraising and programming. Nonprofits are a labor of love and you have to pair your big heart with a hard nose for business.”
“Our Coro Fellows brought invaluable energy and insight to our program, helping us to hone both our short-term practice and our long-term strategy”
KERRY KENNEDY, PRESIDENT, ROBERT F. KENNEDY HUMAN RIGHTS
“This has confirmed my belief that Coro Fellows
provide real value to an organization.”
PAUL C. TAYLOR, DEPUTY CEO, LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY
“Our appreciation of the Coro Fellows Program grew immensely
as a result of our Fellow’s tenure at the Center.”
DAVID KELLY, FOUNDATION RELATIONS COORDINATOR, LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER