Leadership Institute FAQ

Who should apply?

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The Leadership Institute is designed for emerging leaders who are currently working in the nonprofit/social sector with 5-7 years of professional experience. This program best fits individuals who have had experience managing projects and other people and who are looking to advance in the near future. To be successful, participants should have the support of their current employers, which includes having time off to attend monthly sessions and having the opportunity to apply new skills in the workplace.

What benefits does this program bring to the applicant?

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Applicants are not only introduced to a curriculum that focuses on building leadership skills, but they are also matched to a mentor that will provide one-on-one guidance. Furthermore, the Leadership Institute uses a cohort model that allows for meaningful relationships to develop among participants, facilitators, and the YNPN Chicago network. These networks remain in place long after the sessions have concluded.

How does the mentorship component of Leadership Institute work?

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Leadership Institute mentees are matched with a mentor who is in a leadership position at a local nonprofit.  The relationship is driven by the mentee. The role of the mentor is to guide mentees to look at a wide variety of options and consider alternative courses of action in order to solve problems for themselves, rather than to give answers or provide solutions. Therefore, we try not to match mentees with mentors within the same sector. We ask that mentees meet with their mentor once per month and expect the mentee to work around the mentor’s schedule as much as possible.

What benefits would this program bring to an applicant’s employer?

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Whereas some leadership programs teach skills that are meant to be employed once individuals become part of the leadership team, YNPN Chicago’s leadership program focuses on teaching skills and creating awareness that can be used now (at mid-level career) and in the future. We anticipate participants gaining insight and skills that will immediately impact their work performance. Additionally, participants are often introduced to new tools and ideas that they take back to share with their teams.

What are the highlights of this program?

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YNPN Chicago’s Leadership Institute’s curriculum is both internally and externally focused. The majority of content focuses on self-awareness which enables participants to build upon their own leadership style, as well as develop skills that are crucial to communication, management and strategic planning. Participants will also gain access to tools that enable them to better understand the sector as a whole, as well as key facets of successful organizational operating strategies.

How much of a time commitment is this program?

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The cohort meets together on a monthly basis from January through October 2019; each session is 3 hours. Additional time is required outside of monthly sessions in order to complete assignments, such as reading articles and keeping a journal. In addition, participants are expected to meet with their mentor on a monthly basis. However, the time and duration of those meetings are up to the discretion of the mentor and mentee.

How big is the program?

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The 2019 cohort will have between 12 and 15 participants.

Where and when will the sessions take place?

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The sessions will be held at Forefront (Forefront, 208 S La Salle St #1540, Chicago, IL) from 9:00 am to noon on Fridays of each month. Dates for the 2019 Leadership Institute are as follows:

January 11, February 15, March 8, April 12, May 31, June 21, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11

How much does the program cost?

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The cost for participants is $375. This cost includes a one year membership to YNPN Chicago. We are able to keep costs low (compared to other leadership programs) due to the generosity of community partners and with the help of grant support. We encourage participants to inquire about employee reimbursement related to professional development.

When do I need to apply?

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Applications are due Tuesday, November 20 by 11:59 PM. All applicants are required to submit an application, resume, and letter of reference/support.