Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Board member for one of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ organizations? Do you want to learn critical skills and leadership styles to become an effective change-maker in your community?

If you answered yes, consider applying for the Office of LGBT Affairs’ LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline. The Community Leadership Pipeline, beginning in late October 2018, is a recruitment and enrichment initiative focused on increasing the number of LGBT people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders serving in board leadership positions at Philadelphia’s LGBT organizations. 

The Community Leadership Pipeline is free for all participants and works to remove any financial or social barriers holding anyone back from participating in LGBTQ leadership positions.

Over the course of six months, participants will engage with a curriculum that will help them develop strategies, skills, and resources to strengthen their ability to be an effective Board member. Some of the training topics include:

  • Strategic leadership
  • Finances and development
  • Personal branding
  • Public relations

At the end of the pilot program, each successful participant will receive a stipend and will be offered a position serving on one of 12 organizational boards. All Boards will waive any financial expectations for serving on the Board for the first year.

The Community Leadership Pipeline pilot program is hosted in partnership with the LGBT Affairs Commission, DVLF, Independence Business Alliance, and William Way Community Center.

The Community Leadership Pipeline program is open to people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Applicants must be 18 years or older and should anticipate to spend about 3 hours a day once a month to attend trainings. Anyone interested in participating in the LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline pilot should submit an application by October 1, 2018.

The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018.