Call for Applications

Latino Policy Forum Multicultural Leadership Academy 2016

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications must be completed by 12:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

The Latino Policy Forum is pleased to announce the call for applications of its newly redesigned leadership academy!

For its seventh year, the Multicultural Leadership Academy builds on the six year tradition of the Illinois Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy in developing and training Illinois change agents committed to strengthening communities. Since its inception in 2009, the Latino Policy Forum has trained over 150 leaders and emerging stars from more than 55 organizations.

The Multicultural Leadership Academy will provide a series of leadership workshops for individuals actively involved in social justice; and sponsored by organizations committed to social change, policy impact, and/or community improvement that serve communities of color throughout Illinois. Applicants may be employees, board members or volunteers at their sponsoring organization.

The Academy will:

  • Foster a space where multicultural leaders can develop their skills as leaders and visionaries while enhancing their effectiveness as agents of social change, policy impact and/or community improvement.
  • Contribute to a cohesive network of leaders committed to improving their communities through the establishment of intercultural relationships and trust.
  • Increase understanding of how racial and ethnic groups become assets to transformational leadership and collaborative social action.

 

Cost

The total cost of the program is estimated at $8,000 per person. A contribution of $2,500 per individual is requested. FULL and PARTIAL scholarships are available to cover the individual contribution based on the need of the applicant/organization. Participants will be selected regardless of their ability to contribute to the financial cost of the program.

Schedule

The Academy will begin in September 2016 and run through June 2017. Over the nine-month period, a full seven days of training will be provided to each cohort. Participants also commit to meet regularly with their “affinity groups” to create, share and implement a collaboratively-developed action plan. Workshop dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Thursday, February 16  through Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 (tentative)

Application Requirements/Attachments

Please see the Application Checklist on page four for a complete list of required items.

Applications must be completed by noon (12:00pm CST) on Thursday, June 2, 2016. 

The application can be found here.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must reside in Illinois.
  • Individuals representing suburban and rural organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicant must be an employee, board member, or volunteer of an organization that is actively engaged in social change, policy impact and/or community improvement.
  • Applicants must commit to participating in all workshops/technical assistance/coaching of the Multicultural Leadership Academy. The dates for workshops are as follows:
    • Saturday, September 10, 2016
    • Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1, 2016
    • Thursday, February 16 through Saturday, February 18, 2017
    • Thursday, May 25, 2017 (tentative)
  • Other activities will include:
    • On-going communication in completion of assignments, problem solving and other technical assistance.
    • Participation in an affinity group with a commitment to create, share and implement a collaboratively-developed action plan.
  • Graduation, May/June, 2017.
  • Consideration will be given to individuals affiliated with an organization that sponsors two applicants.
  • Final selections will be made on both the quality of the application and to ensure a diverse cohort (age, gender, race/ethnicity, geography, etc.)
  • Participants must sign a memorandum of understanding agreeing to the roles and responsibilities for participation in the Academy.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Latino Policy Forum Multicultural Leadership Academy 2016

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