Legacy of Leadership - Preparing our Next Generation of Community Leaders

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020, 11:30pm PST
Program Dates: September 2020 - June 2021
More Information: enduringspirit.org/2021legacycohort
The Legacy of Leadership Cohort is designed for emerging professionals to nurture the next generation of community leaders and advocates that serve the Native population of King County, Washington. This unique Native leadership program brings together a group of Native women to complete a 10 month leadership journey addressing issues and topics relevant to the urban Native population. The Legacy of Leadership Cohort pays tribute to the American Indian Women’s Service League, and the Gang of Four with a focus on the history of the Seattle urban Indian community as well as the collaboration between Bernie Whitebear, Bob Santos, Roberto Maestas and Larry Gossett. Participants engage in activities intended to strengthen their leadership skills while expanding knowledge and networks, within our community, communities of color, and with elected officials. 
Cohort members work within an assigned group to create a project intended to benefit the Native community, and are paired with a mentor to assist them with their project development and outcomes. The monthly engagement sessions focus on key elements of working in teams, project development, budgeting, marketing, community collaboration, and project completion. At the end of the program, cohort participants attend a public graduation ceremony with families and friends and share their completed project with the community at large.
▪ Up to 20 cohort participants will be selected through an application and interview process. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications will be evaluated on the applicant’s potential for leadership and commitment to Native service.
▪ The full cost of tuition is $1,500. Native Action Network provides selected participants with a $1,250 scholarship, and asks that their employer pay a $250 non-refundable tuition fee. If an employer will not cover the cost, or an applicant is self-employed, a full scholarship will be provided.
▪ Full participation by each member at all monthly engagement sessions is critical. Please ensure that your employer understands and supports your participation commitments, including time off for monthly day-long engagement sessions.
▪ Please note that you will work with a team throughout the year to complete a community project that will also require your attendance at your planning sessions and related commitments.
▪ Applicants must be 21 or older. 
▪ Selected applicants are responsible for their own transportation to monthly engagement sessions.
▪ The cohort is open to Native women of all ages, tribal affiliations, and career stages. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.
▪ Selected cohort members will be notified in July.
▪ If it is not safe to gather in person according to public health recommendations, we will convene digitally via Zoom.
Contact Asia Tail asia@enduringspirit.org or 206-451-7298.

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Please confirm that you can attend all the planned Monthly Engagement Sessions. See the full schedule online at enduringspirit.org/2021legacycohort. If you have conflicts or questions about availability please contact Asia Tail asia@enduringspirit.org or 206-451-7298. *

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