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Max Klau
Dr. Max Klau is the Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., a national service program headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. His efforts focus on leveraging a challenging year of full-time citizen service as a transformational leadership development experience. Max received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005; his studies focused on civic leadership education. An alumnus of four service programs, has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine. He is the primary author of The Idealist’s Journey, City Year’s leadership development curriculum, and has written articles about leadership development for Fast Company, the Washington Post, and the Harvard Business Review.

Entries by Max Klau

A Living Systems Approach to Addressing the High School Dropout Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Recently, I had the tremendous privilege of presenting at TEDx HGSE, a local TEDx conference organized by my alma mater, the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The title of my talk was "Social Justice Leadership in Living Systems," and it focused on lessons I learned doing doctoral research that explored...

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The Farther We Journey, the Closer We Come to Our Authentic Selves: Reflections on the Millennial Train

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:51 AM

The inaugural Millennial Trains Project journey has come to an end (for an overview of this initiative and City Year's involvement, check out previous posts here and here). There is no way to capture the fullness of this experiential feast for the eyes, mind,...

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The Journey Begins: A Partnership Designed to Unleash the Spirit of 21st Century Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 1:03 AM

August is always an exciting time of year at City Year. In the weeks ahead we'll be welcoming our new corps of 2,700 idealistic leaders to begin their year of service across our 25 sites. After a couple weeks of Basic Training Academy, they will don their red...

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Developing Leaders on a Moving Train

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 4:50 PM

How do you develop leaders on a moving train?

This is actually not a metaphorical question. As the Leadership Development Partner of the Millennial Trains Project, City Year has agreed to help the remarkable social entrepreneurs behind this exciting initiative turn a ten-day cross-country train...

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How to Change the World: A Breakthrough Idea From the Front Lines

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 2:53 PM

In his book The Social Animal, New York Times columnist David Brooks offers the following critique of decades of failed efforts to effectively address pressing public problems:

Since 1983 we've reformed the education system again and again, yet more than a quarter of high school students...
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On Heroes, Civic Leaders, and Social Change: Reflections on Black History Month

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2012 | 10:52 AM

February is Black History Month -- a chance to remember, honor, and celebrate the myriad of gifts that African Americans have given to America and the world. Here at City Year, we recognize that America's greatest strength is its remarkable diversity, and we are proud to add our...

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The Leadership Development Case for National Service

(6) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 4:19 PM

On February 19th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget that zeroed out funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers programs like AmeriCorps, the Foster Grandparent Program, the Senior Companion Program, RSVP, Learn and Serve America, VISTA, the National Civilian Community...

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