AALI event graphic featuring four Black leaders.

African American Legacy Fund Supports Leadership Institute

The African American Legacy Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is proud to sponsor the inaugural 2021 African American Leadership Institute (AALI) in Southern Arizona, one of two institutes hosted by State of Black Arizona.

Now accepting applications, the institute is a 10-week masterclass program of weekly classes, as well as an all-day leadership retreat. Tuition is $1,000 and includes all required materials, supplies, meals and snacks.

Masterclasses are held in weekly from 6:00 to 9:00 PM beginning October 7, 2021 and ending December 9, 2021.  After the 10-week classes, the program concludes with a graduation ceremony open to the public.

AALI is committed to the individual development of African American leaders for the purpose of increasing African American participation in key civic, political and workforce related leadership roles. AALI serves as the principal educational and networking resources; harnessing expertise and advocacy on African American leadership issues that are affecting and impacting our communities.

The AALI curriculum builds from participants’ experiences, emphasizing personal and professional development with a practical identity, current and relevant local and state issues, media relations and strategic direction, among other topics.

The 2021 institute theme is Affirming Your Potential, identifying the stages of black leadership in one’s career.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the Institute, applicants must:

  • Submit an application
  • Submit a current resume
  • Submit a headshot

Application for the institute program is due on September 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM. No late submissions will be accepted. Application is available here.

Notification of acceptance into the institute will occur weeks before the start of the program. Tuition payment information is expected on or by the first session of the institute. Tuition payment information is expected on or by the first session of the institute. Scholarships are available on a by-need basis. Applicants requesting a scholarship should contact Teniqua at teniqua@stateofblackarizona.org

For additional questions, contact: info@stateofblackarizona.org.

AALI was founded in 2010 by Valle del Sol, in partnership with Arizona OIC and South Mountain Community College. Since 2017, the State of Black Arizona has led the facilitation of the institute recruitment efforts and curriculum development.