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Emerging Leaders in Community Development Program

Gain knowledge and expand your professional network.

Purpose and Goals

The Emerging Leaders in Community Development Program (ELCD) equips early-career and mid-career community development professionals with the knowledge and relationships needed to effectively work with people and places to build a more equitable future. The program focuses on three key areas to support community development professionals as they navigate their careers: networking, professional development, and mentorship. 

Mentors share their knowledge and networks throughout the six-month program. The working relationship allows mentees to learn about different specialties and skills within the field.

Program Overview
  • Application:
    • The process includes an online form and follow-up interview
  • Duration:
    • The program runs from March – September 2024 yearly
  • Opportunities:
    • ELCD hosts learning and networking opportunities for the cohort
  • Commitment:
    • Cohort members are required to schedule one-on-one meetings and activities throughout the program
  • Funds:
    • Mentees can apply for a $300 professional development fund
ELCD Mentees

Applicants are early-career and mid-career community development professionals with a desire to kickstart positive change in their community.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest and experience in the community development field.

ELCD Mentors

Mentors are leaders within the community development field who specialize in various areas, including affordable and accessible housing development, housing and economic development policy, small business training and development, micro-lending, technical assistance, nonprofit management, collaboration, and relationship building.