This book pays tribute to 30 years of the Children and Family Fellowship® with short, first-person reflections on the program and
leadership from participants, faculty, staff and partners.
In this commemorative publication, Fellows discuss four themes:
results and equity;
self-awareness and leadership development;
collaboration, peer-to-peer learning and mutual support; and
weathering change and transitions.
About the Children and Family Fellowship
In 1993, the Annie E. Casey Foundation launched the Children and
Family Fellowship to provide social-sector leaders with the tools,
skills and approaches necessary to achieve longstanding system reform.
The Casey Foundation believed that leadership plays a key role in
supporting system transformation and community change on behalf of
children, youth and families. Through 12 Fellowship classes, Casey
tested this hypothesis repeatedly and found that results-driven leaders
can help position all young people — no matter their race, ethnicity or
ZIP code — to succeed.
Fellows enter the program as mid-career leaders who are ready for
significant professional growth and expanded leadership roles. These
dynamic leaders represent a wide variety of backgrounds. Their work
spans the fields of education, juvenile justice, philanthropy, child
welfare, economic development, housing, mental health and research and
evaluation. And, despite working in different disciplines, these leaders
share the following beliefs:
All children, youth and families deserve to thrive, not just survive.
The people closest to a problem should drive the solutions.
Data can both mask and illuminate entrenched disparities.
Small solutions are not enough.
As the Fellows learn about and apply the competencies of Results Count® — Casey’s approach to leadership development — they leverage data
and drive decision-making around concrete goals. Fellows think
strategically, get things done and measure the difference they are
making for the well-being of the nation’s children.
The Fellowship experience and Network have helped participants lead
in the face of daily crises, unpredictable funding, administration
changes, social upheavals and a pandemic. Over their careers, Fellows
have moved into positions of greater influence, scope and scale while
deepening their commitment to achieving equitable results for youth,
families, communities and the systems that serve them.
Today, 30 years since its launch, the Fellowship is Casey’s signature
program for developing results-driven leaders and equipping these
leaders with the vision, skills and ability to champion and drive major
system reforms for children, families and communities.
About the Fellowship Network
The Foundation maintains a national Fellowship Network and convenes
alumni annually. This group — which is robust, engaged and connected —
receives ongoing opportunities for peer support and leadership
development. Its members are committed to one another and to driving
change on behalf of children, youth and families.
The Fellowship Network elects leadership chairs and a steering
committee to plan and coordinate its activities. Fellows also serve on
committees to help plan gatherings and learning opportunities. These
efforts, which the Casey Foundation supports, enable Fellows to forge
and maintain meaningful, impactful and lifelong relationships.
A resource informed by 30 years of learning and leading
Findings & Stats
Voices From the Field
The Fellowship has produced 12 classes spanning 155 participants over 30 years.
Fellows learn about and apply the competencies of Results Count — Casey’s approach to leadership development — such as leveraging data and driving decision-making around concrete goals.
A Range of Disciplines
Fellows work in the fields of education, juvenile justice, philanthropy, child welfare, economic development, housing, mental health and research and evaluation. Collaboration across disciplines is common.
Reflections From Fellows
The Fellowship provided me with a framework, tools and confidence to step into my leadership. I am forever grateful for the experience, the lessons learned and friendships gained.
– Carnitra White, Class 8
The Fellowship has transformed my leadership. It has helped me be more strategic and intentional in my leadership choices. This year, two years after my Fellowship ended, I achieved several key measures tied to my overall result of ensuring all children, youth and families have what they need to thrive.
– Bharti Wahi, Class 11
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