Last year I met Matt Prestbury. He runs a group for black fathers out of Baltimore. It’s a way for dads to get together — online and in the physical world — to talk about the challenges they face and find support.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that almost every strong community has a strong leader. They could be the pastor of a church, the coach of a little league team, or the neighbor who’s always there if you need something. Great leaders set the culture, inspire us, and look out for our well-being. They help build communities that didn’t exist before. And we believe that if we work to give them more tools, they could do even more.
Today we’re opening our first-ever Facebook Community Leadership Program. Our goal is to find people who are using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger to bring people closer together. We’ll pick up to five leaders around the world and give them up to $1 million to fund their ideas for doing even more. We’ll invite 100 leaders to be part of our fellowship program that includes training, mentorship, and up to $50,000 for a specific initiative.
This program is about finding and supporting great community leaders wherever they are. It’s not just about helping people come together online. A lot of online communities strengthen physical communities by holding get-togethers, organizing events, and supporting each other in their daily lives, even across long distances.
Supportes reacted :
Hoseiny Alshafaey Hello Mark Zuckerberg,
I’m a Phd student in computer science and my research is all about building communities and strengthening them, with focus on expanding cities to the virtual world, i.e., hybrid communities. Currently, I’m analyzing the data from my experiment (a 6-year ongoing experiment with a Facebook Group of a city from Brazil – 83% of the city inhabitants are members of the group, including the mayor and councilmen). I’d love to have a chance to talk with Facebook about my research
Thanks and congratulations for this awesome speech!
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Muhammad Saad Arslan Sadiq Great Initiative
Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.
Matt Prestbury Mark, I am truly grateful for all the light you and so many others at Facebook have shown to, not only our group-Black Fathers-but also our cause on whole. We have garnered an immense amount of attention and have managed to bring people around the world much closer than they could have dreamed about becoming had it not been for our group.
And with this new opportunity we have the chance to fund initiatives that could reach so many more men and their children in ways that we haven’t been able to thus far.
Win, lose or draw, we are gonna push harder than ever to help bring fathers together and help them strengthen their families and communities. Thanks for giving us tools for the job.