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leadership for social change

We believe we have a responsibility to empower the next generation of women leaders who will invest in our community with a significant understanding of how discriminatory practices, policies, and beliefs produce various forms of inequality. That’s why the Leadership for Social Change Program engages participants in activities that connect them with local resources and introduces them to fresh ideas that align with their social justice interests and talents. Every nonprofit organization started with someone who identified a need for social change. This leadership program will support emerging leaders as they gain practical knowledge and skills to create significant social change in our community.

how it works

Each Leadership for Social Change class is made up of participants in their 20s and at the beginning of their leadership journey. The participants in the program have a desire to be involved in the Columbus community through professional and community service, and want to affect positive social change.

Through our 10-month learning experience, participants engage in workshops with community experts working in organizations that create social change. Experts come from grassroots, political, community-based, educational and nonprofit organizations and will help participants develop practical and theoretical knowledge about current issues and current models for creating change. Monthly workshops will culminate in the development of a personalized action plan so that graduates are prepared to implement change in our community and inspire the next group of leaders.

how to apply

The ideal candidate for this program has an interest in and experience with social justice, and their passion for social change will align with the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We ask that the candidate not have extensive formal leadership training in academic, community or work settings, and for a commitment to meeting once a month during the 10-month program.

The next class will begin in February, 2019. 

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Deadline: Friday, November 30 by 5:00pm

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Lauren James

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Deadline: November 30, 2018
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