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Coro is a 62-year old organization begun in San Francisco by W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that our democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens.
Since 1947, the program has grown to include Coro Centers in six cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles (1957), St. Louis (1972), Kansas City (1975), New York (1980), Pittsburgh (1999), and a new Executive Fellows program in Cleveland, funded in partnership with The Cleveland Foundation (2005).
1000-1200 participants a year go through Coro programs nationwide. At least 10,000 program alumni are currently serving as leaders in local, regional and national/global businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and elected public office.
The six Centers, Program, and an alumni service organization, are connected, supported and leveraged as a system by Coro National, a 501(c) 3 governing body that serves as the national voice and partner for the regional centers and alumni participants, and works to build capacity for the system and enhance program quality standards and innovation.
Coro is a non-profit, non-partisan educational institute supported by foundations, corporations and individuals.
Coro: The Programs
- Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is Coro's best known program and one of the premiere non-academic, full time postgraduate programs in the country. Over the last decade, The Princeton Review has consistentlyfeatured the Fellows Program as one of the top 10 internships in the country.
- Community and targeted programs: Coro has also expanded and evolved its leadership and civic engagement training to include almost 25 kinds of intensive community programs designed to:
- convene key stakeholders to address city, state and regional economic and community development challenges, including the issue of developing, attracting and retaining local leaders;
- help organizations learn to work together - rather than competitively--to determine their future;
- enhance the leadership skills and problem-solving capabilities of critical populations, including:
- neighborhood leaders
- women leaders
- business sector leaders (e.g., health care, technology, etc.)
- executive level multi-sector leaders
- individuals running for public office or recently elected office holders;
- middle, high school and college students;
- new immigrant leaders;
- senior citizens
- Summer programs: modeled on the Fellowship in Public Affairs, these programs engage college sophomores, juniors, seniors in intensely competitive summer leadership experiences
- Contract programs: Coro Centers regularly design specific programs for clients who want to improve the effectiveness of their employees or constituents in the public affairs arena. These programs are tailored to meet the needs of the organization and are provided on a contract basis. For a sample listing of contract programs and more information about these services and fees, please contact the Coro office nearest you.
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