Coro Center for Civic Leadership

Rating: 4.54 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 33 Terminal Way Suite 429a Pittsburgh PA 15219 USA

Mission: To advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement. We are building a leadership pipeline to foster collaboration within and across Pittsburgh's business, nonprofit and government sectors.
Target demographics: Coro Pittsburgh is involved with programs for individuals from high school to retirement. Visit the website to learn more about which programs may fit you.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles
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3 people found this review helpful

Coro is a fantastic organization that allows for incredible levels of access to leadership in Pittsburgh by its participants. The Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a very rigorous 9-month fellowship that challenges, strengthens and encourages its participants to take on the task of becoming a leader in the industry of their choice. The team that I'm working with are 14 of the most insightful and intelligent people I will ever have the privilege of working with at once. The extra value to Coro that isn't highlighted enough in its promotional materials is the ability to work closely with such talented people and learn from them while participating in program activities. It's just as much an introspective learning experience as it is a professional and industrial.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Myself. I've only been in the program for a few months and I've already noticed how much I've learned and how I see the world a lot differently.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Strive for a more socioeconomically and racially diverse mixture of participants

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experiential learning experience facilitated by Coro staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Encouraging, helpful and make it their mission to challenge you in a good way

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

broaden its programs to serve more people and produce a national leadership of socially responsible civic leaders

Ways to make it better...

More time were spent in the beginning doing team-building types of activities before diving into work

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Retaining the talented individuals that are trained by Coro to stay and make Pittsburgh better

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2007-10-01

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This organization is focused on developing civic leadership across the country. The programs they run provide tools to gain skills that are hardly ever developed during formalized education or in the workplace. These skills include consensus building, critical and deliberate questioning, and ethical decision making to name a few. The CORO experience is wonderfully unique and builds people within that framework. If you have the opportunity to join or support CORO, I suggest that you do it and enjoy the ride! I'm on the Pittsburgh train and not sure where its headed.....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the first day of the fellowship.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fundraise and fundraise and fundraise.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the pursuit of excellence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and honest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run the world.

Ways to make it better...

there were more hours in the day.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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1 person found this review helpful

There have definitely been moments when I felt like I was cast on a reality show. The Coro Fellows Program immediately throws fifteen people with different passions, backgrounds, and experiences into challenging projects. Coro prides itself on experiential learning, and teaches its members practical lessons that go beyond the scope of the classroom. Fellows have access to prominent leaders in various sectors, mentors, and a great support system of talented, intelligent peers. You need to understand, from the beginning, that there are rigorous time constraints and expectations. If you enter the program willing to explore new perspectives and experiences, there are endless opportunities for you to grow both professionally and personally. The projects we have worked on are worthwhile ones that have the power to create large-scale systemic change. Just as important, though, the program allows you to explore who you are, including the goals you want to accomplish and the skills you want to develop.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the depth of the projects we've had the opportunity to work on and the alumni.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of the other fellows. It is amazing how such dynamic people with completely varied interests can come together with the outlying goal of improving the communities in which we live.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

encouraging and challenging. They push you to think critically, test boundaries and provide inspirational quotes (intentionally and not). They are always there to assist you, though I'll stop myself from posting their cell #s on this site.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

ditto to the stipend remarks of my fellow fellows. Also, they would be able to guarantee us all full-time positions post-graduation...

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2007-10-01

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Coro provides people with an experience in leadership that is almost impossible to duplicate. It is unlike anything I ever expected to do or even knew existed, but it is equipping me with skills that I would not be forced to work on if it weren't for Coro. It also has an amazing network of connections, both through its alumni and the organizations that Coro works with, and it makes that network accessible for everybody who works with it. Coro could service more people, and extend their network, by having fellows from more socio-economic backgrounds, because right now, even to apply you need to be from a certain background.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its networks.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work on their website.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the experience. This is really vague, but I cannot pick just one thing that I learned. It is the people, the interviews, the long sessions discussing policies. I don't always like all of it in the moment, but I enjoy where those experiences have gotten me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice and helpful. It seems like they would do anything for anybody connected to the organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more people.

Ways to make it better...

there were people from more diverse backgrounds.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

balancing meeting their mission and raising money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everybody should be lucky enough to be connected to a Coro program at some time in their lives.

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2007-10-01

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Apply for the Coro Fellows program at the Coro Center for Civic Leadership to be challenged and engaged. Coro provides fellows with incredible access to community decision makers, and showcases tools to develop future leadership throughout the community. The Coro opportunity is worthwhile and the people one meets through this program will teach them, yielding unforseen benefits for years to come. Moreover, the program is affordable and earns credit toward the Heinz school at Carnegie Mellon.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth and alumni accomplishments

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

consensus-building

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

humorous, well-mannered, and giving

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do exponentially more

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2007-10-01

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As a current Coro Fellow with the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, I have gained extensive insight into the inner-workings of government and important socio-economic concerns facing the City and the region. Through this program and its depth AND breadth of important connections, I have experienced significant local interactions over the past 2 months that most local people my age couldn't dream of having their entire lives. It is so humbling to observe the tangible impact a Fellow can have on a city facing economic distress. Coming from the west coast, I cannot imagine a more welcome space for such an empowering experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the caliber of Coro alum and the impact they are making on the City. SO IMPRESSIVE!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make policies more clear, especially in regards to time off.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the challenge of being groomed for effective leadership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

capable, incredibly intelligent and socially conscious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford to financially support its Fellows. Stipends (for room + board) are oftentimes only enough to cover rent.

Ways to make it better...

the Center could afford better tech capabilities. Considering the level of work required with the Fellows program, there should be current if not advanced computer/Internet software.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

diverse recruitment. There should be greater efforts to reach out to a wider range of people. I would not have heard about this program had I not been related to a St. Louis Coro alum, despite the 2 program locations in California.

One thing I'd also say is that...

business attire depicts authority but it is EXPENSIVE, especially if it requires alterations and dry-cleaning. Perhaps Fellows should apply for food stamps.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-10-01

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Apply to the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs if you want to develop the skills and self-knowledge to be an effective leader. You will do this by meeting challenges presented to you as assignments and by challenging yourself. You will have a close network of peers who will amaze you, frustrate you, and support you. You will develop a broad network of professional contacts. You will have the opportunity to explore different career possibilities, and you will gain insight into the relative strengths and weaknesses of government, nonprofit, business, and other sectors. This program is not for everyone. It requires maturity, flexibility, and an open mind. It is a time-intensive commitment. I have heard that Coro as an organization is rethinking some of its internal structure, but I believe this will help it to focus more effectively on its mission. If you are considering donating money or expertise to Coro, do it because our country and our cities need civic leaders who can effectively collaborate to untangle complex social problems. Coro develops these leaders.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with a great group of passionate young people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

market itself more effectively and reach more people.

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2007-6-01

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Carpe Coro! As a current participant in the Fellows Program in Public Affairs (just one of several Coro programs), my group of 15 decided that we would all commit to Carpe Coro! This stems from our understanding of just how much the program has to offer- if we choose to accept the challenge, and to what degree we choose to accept it. When I was applying to the program and speaking with former Coro fellows, they all said that their Coro year was the year of their life during which they grew the most, hands down. We grow through -learning how to work in a group and come to consensus -giving and receiving feedback -presenting our work -learning how to ask the right questions -talking to people who have significant impact on pittsburgh -screwing up -experimenting -working across the public, private, and non profit sectors -and much more So far, Coro staff has almost always been supportive of our group. They challenge us to improve, which is what is most important to me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

alumni who are doing amazing things

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the potential of my peers, learning how to harness our potential as a team. -access to pgh

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, action-oriented, forward thinking

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide fellows with salaries expand program operations to other cities

Ways to make it better...

there had been sufficient funds to spend our retreat away, instead of in the Coro training room

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

sustainability, (specifically funding) deciding how much to break with tradition

One thing I'd also say is that...

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The Coro Fellowship Program is unlike any program in which I have participated. It brings together young people who are truly passionate about effecting positive change in their world. The fellows I currently work with are intelligent, informed, and driven. The Coro staff is supportive for the most part and are usually there as recourse for Fellows. The space in Pgh is amazing and accessible. Coro also provides access to city leaders; and our placements really seem to connect with understanding the civic operations of the city. There is a strong element of leadership training in the program. Coro is challenging, but if a right fit for the participant, is extremely enjoyable. In the future, I would like to see more cultural and socio-economic diversity amongst fellows. And, if this is subtly present and I haven't yet picked up on it (not finished with the experience), I hope that there are upcoming structured opportunities to explore this issue of diversity in our group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional and personal growth/progress; its alumni!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hold a large fundraising gala; update the computer facilities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedicated people I've met and the challenging and interesting projects to which Fellows have been exposed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

afford to give all fellows stipends; have a greater number of staff members to run its operation.

Ways to make it better...

I'm still a participant, but more realistic timeframes to obtain thorough, quality end results for projects...perhaps a longer time period for the program, say an actual year, so that things are not so crammed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding; more impressive recruitment. The Fellows Program really is remarkable...I wish more people were aware of it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'd like to see more interaction among centers, that is more interaction and interfacing amongst fellows in NY, Pgh, St. L, LA, and SF.

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2007-6-01

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Coro is challenging to review comprehensively because it encompasses so many different programs, and I am only experienced with one of these. So, I will focus my review on my specific experience. I am a current participant in the Fellows Program in Public Affairs 2008. The program places diverse leaders in various placements in government / non-profit / business, and then allows the Fellows to design their own placement towards the end of the program. The other aspect involves leadership development training provided by various members of the Coro Staff, and interviews with high-profile leaders in Pittsburgh. Though only in the program for less than two months, I have been impressed with my experience so far, and Coro staff have been helpful in developing our group dynamic (a major challenge) as well as assisting my individual progress. The access we have to leaders is incredible, and my placements so far have been rewarding in their challenge and opportunity. Coro itself seems to be undergoing a few personnel changes, but the programs are seemingly unaffected by this retooling.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Past Fellows and Public Allies who are now active leaders in various sectors of the Pittsburgh community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create an opportunity to develop more participant-created projects into published articles or studies

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Direct access to decision-makers; Placements which provide an opportunity for a great impact in a short period of time;

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff challenges participants to ask the right questions; friendly work environment; passionate about Pittsburgh; respectful and careful not to allow opinions or ideology to inform learning opportunities

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create and maintain more programs; become a public policy clearinghouse to inform Pittsburgh decision-makers

Ways to make it better...

Still not done, but I would enjoy if the placement periods lasted longer per sector

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like any nonprofit, finding a sustainable long-term funding source; many participants leave Pittsburgh

One thing I'd also say is that...

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2007-6-01

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