Integral components of our Summer Internship Program are the four Leadership Development Days. We bring in outside leaders in the non-profit world to instruct and share their experiences in the sector. We also have workshops and activities to develop our interns into diverse agents who can effectively address the grand challenges facing our communities, nation and world.
2017 Leadership Development Dates and Themes. These meeting days are core components of our program and attendance is required for accepted applicants.
Friday, June 2, 2017: “Leadership and the Social Entrepreneur”
Solving the pressing problems of our day requires strong leaders who are not only passionate about making change, but who are also willing to think “out of the box” about the issues. This orientation session not only introduces interns to one another and the program, but also provides an interactive workshop in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking.
Monday, June 5, 2017: “Fundraising and Working in Diverse Communities”
Key to any organization’s mission is funding; key to its success is understanding the diverse values of thought, perspective and experience. In this session we learn the building blocks of grant writing as the basis for the intern group project, and explore best practice in understanding diverse communities – our own, and our organization’s.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017: “Foundations and Board Membership”
Forest Foundation is a non-profit focused on leadership development and also a grant making foundation. Its board members determine allocation of the foundation’s resources through grant proposals. Interns are divided into groups early in the summer and work to write a grant for a small, innovative non-profit whose needs match the foundation’s giving guidelines. This day includes the intern group presentations to the board as a culmination of the grant-writing project. Board members decide the amount that each non-profit will receive.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017: “Civic Engagement for a Lifetime”
After a summer experiencing the world of non-profits, how do you connect your learning to your studies, community work and career aspirations? Through reflection and focused presentations, we close the summer with ideas for making a living while making a difference, and developing an ongoing commitment to social justice.