In 2015, in response to a Pew study reporting a marked increase in Philadelphia’s millennial population, LEADERSHIP Philadelphia created the Connectors & Keepers program as an effort to recognize, empower, connect, and retain Philadelphia’s most promising young leaders.
What is a Keeper?
Keepers are young leaders Philadelphia cannot afford to lose. They are hubs of trust who get things done behind the scenes for the common good, without expecting to receive credit.
How are Keepers identified?
Keepers are nominated by other LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Connectors and Keepers. We aim to assemble a diverse and vibrant cohort of young leaders each year. Admission is by invitation only.
The Connectors & Keepers Program
Over the course of one year, Keepers…
Attend bi-monthly sessions focused on issues impacting Philadelphia
Perform Pay It Forward community service projects
Work with mentors from the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia alumni network
Connect with a diverse group of fellow leaders
Who are the Keepers?
The Keepers program is made possible by funding from the Knight Foundation.