Curriculum of two year Certificate Program
Year one:
1. Leadership Development in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
2. Advanced Leadership Through Mentoring and Reflective Practice
Year two:
3. Funding and Financial Stability
4. Nonprofit Management Through a Contemporary Leadership Lens

Program Focus:
. Systems Change through collaborative effort
. Shared Values and common cause
. Transformational Leadership
. Reflective Practice
. Mentoring
. A Service model
. Empowerment and Capacity Building, Individual and Organizational
. Diversity, Equity and Anti-Bias
. Balance of Financial Sustainability and core Mission
. Managing Crisis calmly for success
. Supportive community engagement, including internship placements with collaborative public and private agencies in the Sacramento area.
. CoalitionBuilding and Strategic Planning (Expanding Asset Network)

Program Schedule:
This program consists of four courses over 4 semesters. Dates for first cohort are to be determined in consort with the participants once selection and enrollment are completed each time. Classes will all be on weekends and have been continuing in Zoom media during and since COVID.

Each course will be 2 weekends long - Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. As courses are designed for maximum access for participants and are intense in material covered, 100% attendance is expected. Guest lecturers from sectors of the public and non- profit worlds will offer participants knowledge and experience from exceptional diverse community leadership. Standards will be high and afford incredible access through community partnerships and if applicable or needed internship placements.
All classes will be located Sacramento, California and are farther reaching with Zoom platform.

Lecturers and Faculty
Lecturers will be invited from a broad array of community leaders, public servants, elected and appointed officials as well as developing leaders who will share their vision, knowledge and skills with participants in the program. Many of these lecturers will have known and worked with Grantland Johnson in the course of his career as member of the Regional Transit Board; City Council member; Sacramento County Board of Directors; Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region IX;, Agency Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency (Governor Davis Administration); and USC Adjunct Faculty in Public Policy, Capitol Campus. Lecturers are paid a stipend for each class they conduct with the exclusion of Board Members.

Partial list of Lecturers since incorporation and commencement of Cohort I 2016-17 *
  • Darrell Steinberg, Former Senate Pro Tem, State of California
  • Supervisor Don Nottoli, Board of Supervisors, Sacramento County. (future)
  • Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, State of California, Brown Administration.
  • Judge Kim Mueller, United States District Judge, Eastern District, California.* Frmr. Board Member (Grantland L. Johnson Institute)
  • Earl Johnson, Ph.D., frmr colleague, also Rockefeller Foundation, HHS/ACF government.
  • Bob Wing, author, activist, Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction
  • Sandra Simpson-Fontaine, Attorney, Former Chief of Staff, Secretary Grantland L. Johnson, Health and Human Services Agency, State of California, Davis Administration.* Board Member (Grantland L. Johnson Institute)
  • Bill Camp, Attorney, Former Executive Secretary, Sacramento Central Labor Council.* Board Member (Grantland L. Johnson Institute)
  • Ted Scott-Femenella, M.S.W. Professor, Division of Social Work, Sacramento State University. Board Member (Grantland L. Johnson Institute)
  • Dr. Jonathan Porteus, Ph.D. Executive Director, Well Space Health.
  • Jahmal Miller, M.H.A., Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health, Brown Administration.
  • Lenny Goldberg, Financial Consultant, Independent.
  • Jan Weir, Barrister and Soliciter (retired), Toronto, Ontario.
  • Geshe-la Thupten Phelyge, Lecturer, Eastern Washington State University, Spokane, Frmr member of Tibetan Parliament.
  • Herb Anderson, Economist, U.C. Berkeley, Board Member (Grantland L. Johnson Institute)*
  • Phil Hutchings, former Executive Secretary, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  • Dr. Lee Turner Johnson, President, CEO, Grantland L. Johnson Institute of Leadership Development, ED.D. Educational Leadership, Mills College
Who Should Apply?
The Leadership Certificate program is designed for individuals of diverse background who wish to dedicate their lives to public service, and have been unable at this point in their lives to find an accessible path to degree or experiential program, providing a safe space to explore and to realize their commitment.

No age restriction is applied, although it is imagined that participants might be in the process of preparing themselves or actualizing their careers in the public sector. A screening tool will apply that informs admission personnel of the applicant’s alignment with the mission and purpose of Grantland Johnson Institute, as well as his/her dedication to community/public service and the likelihood that they would be challenged to financially afford a typical university education in public policy, political science or governmental studies. In addition, we are finding that some with degrees have not had the opportunity to study and put into practice contemporary leadership knowledge. For this reason, we have expanded eligibility to include those who have defined this need.
*These factors would be assessed in combination on an individual basis for potential admission.

Selection Criteria
Participants exhibiting strong leadership qualities and an ability to embrace a scholarly rigor, as well as a dedication to reach their professional goals will be sought out for this program. No previous academic achievement beyond high school graduation is required nor is any specific public or non-profit professional experience. The intent is to offer a unique program for participants exhibiting capacity and desire to become community leaders that may not otherwise have the opportunity to  participate in some other leadership programs. Each cohort will focus on diverse participants, though no age restriction will apply. The cohort will consist of a small number of participants to provide a relationship-based experience enhanced by the cohort support that forms lifelong professional friendship.

A rubric for determining dedication, capacity and availability will be created using information from the application questionnaire.

Tuition, Fees and Expenses
A nominal tuition fee of $200 per course will apply (so four classes over two years would be $800. Total). If a promising participant is unable to pay the full tuition, scholarship/tuition aid funds may be available to supplement a minimum of 50% of tuition.

All classes will be held in Sacramento and also on. Zoom platform, hence participants who come in person once safe again, will be selected who live within driving distance of Sacramento or are able to come to Sacramento for the scheduled weekend classes (8 in total).  There may be subsidy for those needing accommodations or travel expenses.

Expectations of Cohort Members:
. Attend all weekend classes - Day1- through Day 4. No absences will be allowed except in emergency.
. Individual study, required reading, completion of all assignments
. Participation in one-to-one coaching meetings
. Participation in internship placement in the community over two year program. (arranged individually based on participants interests and need for placement in current community work- to date not necessary)
. Participation in the leadership engagement part of the program with peers and Faculty
. Participation in follow up evaluation part of the program
. Participation in the alumni tracking program for the Institute as instituted
. Volunteer participation in potential research projects
. Volunteer participation in a mentoring model of past and current Institute participants

There is no intention of Grantland L. Johnson Institute to offer college accredited classes. However, the nature of the information presented and shared with participants would strive to be current, relevant and of the highest quality, drawing on current academic and popular literature as well as the experience and knowledge of community leaders, who would be invited to present in class settings to participants. After completion of core topics in Leadership, Community, and Public Policy and affairs, drawing on both External and Internal factors that impact, a participant would receive a Certificate from Grantland L. Johnson Institute of Leadership Development, stating that required hours of participation and study had been met.
*Sponsors are now being sought in the community to help a participant attend the Institute.

Audio/Video/Visual aids 
Selected videos (or audio tapes as applicable) of Grantland Johnson’s service will be used for reference to his own personal leadership style, his position on specific topics and strategy regarding Systems Change and achievements. Writings and papers of Grantland’s will be included as teaching aids as well as those of previous graduates.

Books and Literature
Some books and literature may be supplied depending on availability and budget financing. Sources for used books and materials will be made available.

Grantland L. Johnson Institute is meant to be an ‘emergent model’ such that all participants (those coming to study and those teaching) may have a reciprocal benefit experience based on the knowledge brought ‘to the table’ by all. In this open forum manner, the perspective, insights and knowledge of Grantland Johnson can be shared by those that worked with and knew him, and coupled with the ongoing group intelligence; the Institute can grow and develop qualitatively over time.

The infrastructure includes a Board of Directors which now includes a graduate of Cohort I.  Board matters meet to support and advise the strength and ongoing development of the Institute. No payment will be made to members who lecture.  

Outcomes Measurement
A database will be designed to track participants ongoing progress, as well as to track the impact of the Institute over time. Every effort will be made to follow participants for years after they have received Grantland L. Johnson Institute certification. In time, an alumna association will be formed. Graduate cohorts remain close and connected to date, with mentoring of next Cohorts ongoing.