BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence today announced a new opportunity for young professionals to become engaged leaders in the community. The YP Leader Corps is an educational program designed to provide young talent with leadership development training that will culminate with each participant being matched to serve on an Akron nonprofit board. The program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“Akron wants and needs more young professionals to get involved in community leadership to encourage long-term engagement and attachment to the city,” said Kyle Kutuchief, Knight Foundation program director for Akron. “This program will help to do just that by fostering talented workers and introducing them to new opportunities to contribute through board service.”
Participants in BVU’s YP Leader Corps will attend a monthly, half-day workshop for three months. Topics covered will include trends in the nonprofit sector, leadership styles, mastering effective meetings and BVU’s acclaimed Role of the Board program.The young leaders will then participate in BVU’s signature board matching program that will align them with nonprofit boards that meet their interests and seeks their skills.
“We are excited to offer the YP Leader Corps program for young professionals who want a leadership role in advancing the Akron community,” said Brian Broadbent, President and CEO of BVU.
Young professionals interested in participating in the YP Leader Corps must be between the ages of 25 and 40, and submit a completed application on or before August 30, 2015. Fall 2015 program dates are October 6, November 3 and December 1. A portion of the program cost is being underwritten by Knight Foundation. The program is being offered for a fee of $500, which may be paid by the individual, his/her employer or a combination thereof. Scholarships are available.
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