ICL Program Engages Young Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Governanceposted on July 11th, 2011
Applications are now being accepted for the second year of an innovative program that will prepare and launch 25 of Maine’s young emerging leaders to governance roles on nonprofit boards and committees.
Nationally, only 6 percent of nonprofit board members are 35 or younger, a troubling figure especially given that Maine has the oldest population in the country. After seeing trends in the state that confirmed that national statistic, the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) became concerned with the challenge of engaging Maine’s young leaders in nonprofit board service.
“Young leaders who are actively involved in their communities are two to three times more likely to stay in them. This program connects young emerging leaders to their communities and increases their commitment to Maine. In addition, local nonprofits have an opportunity to add new perspectives and energy by engaging young leaders on their boards and board committees,” said ICL Executive Director Jan Kearce.
With the belief that this program would help keep Maine’s young people invested in the future of the state, the Cumberland-based Norton Insurance and Financial contributed a matching grant of $10,000 to seed fund the pilot program last fall and has continued to fund it this year. Additionally, Wright Express, Fairchild Semiconductor, philanthropist Maddy Corson and other anonymous donors have generously stepped in to fund the program again. Thanks to these contributions, participants will pay only $400 of the $2500 per person total training cost.
The program begins with a two-day session that will include an overnight at Rippleffect’s outdoor educational outpost on Cow Island in Casco Bay. The leadership training portion of the program will then continue through mid-December. More information about the program and schedule can be found on the ICL website, www.civicleadership.org.
Participants in ICL Young Emerging Leaders will in turn make a commitment to serve on a nonprofit board or committee in Maine for a minimum duration of six months to three years, a term dictated by the assignment. The matches will be made based on the interests, skills and experience of the participant and the needs of the receiving nonprofit.
Last year’s pilot program was an overwhelming success. Said one of last year’s participants, “Since there will come a day when my generation will inherit the responsibility for these communities, it is important that we provide a voice for ourselves early on, to ensure that we can advocate for the interests of the residents who have a stake in these neighborhoods and organizations.” Ultimately that is the goal of this program: to provide Maine’s young leaders with the ability to take on those critical responsibilities.
To request an application for yourself or to suggest a potential participant(s) for the program, please contact Jan Kearce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-3254 (ext. 105). Applications are due by Monday, August 1st, with all applicants being notified of their acceptance status by Wednesday, August 17th. The $400 program cost and signed letter of commitment will be due to ICL no later than Wednesday, August 31st, with the first training session scheduled for Tuesday, September 30.
If you are interested in being a mentor or you are a nonprofit board interested in accepting a program participant to serve on your board or committee, contact ICL Executive Director Jan Kearce at email@example.com or 773-3254 (ext. 105).
Additional information about the program can be found at www.civicleadership.org.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR CIVIC LEADERSHIP – The Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) was founded in 1993 to build Maine’s civic capacity by training, supporting, engaging and convening a growing network of skilled leaders. In 2006 ICL merged with The Board Network, an organization founded in 1999 to build stronger nonprofit boards of directors in Maine. ICL brings innovative and inclusive models of leadership to Maine’s communities and organizations by providing a broad range of civic leadership offerings, as well as programs specific to nonprofit boards. At the Institute for Civic Leadership we are committed to opening doors, building new relationships, and inspiring leaders. We move Maine forward. For more information, contact 773-3254 (extension 100) or visit www.civicleadership.org.
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