The 2017-108 Next Generation Leaders of Color Inland Region Cohort
OF COLOR PROGRAM INLAND REGION
NGLC Inland Region* is multi-year program individual and organizational strengthening initiative focused on Inland Region nonprofits. NGLC IR creates a home for the important and often unacknowledged leadership of people of color in the region working in organizations committed to social justice and health equity.
This page describes the first phase of NGLC IR, a leadership development program for emerging leaders of color. For phase two, where teams explore organizational strengthening, click here.
*We are using “Inland Region” to describe what’s usually called the Inland Empire (which includes, but is not limited to, Riverside, San Bernadino, Coachella, and some adjacent areas).
Making Space for Leaders of Color
"There are very few spaces that women of color can feel safe in while at the same time being their most authentic selves. I was in awe of the strength and determination that my fellow cohort members embody."
—Paulina Rojas, Program Associate and Reporter at Coachella Unincorporated
Over the course of a year, a community of twenty leaders came together to support one another emotionally, intellectually, and practically while advancing their practice of leadership. Specifically, participants worked to:
- Strengthen relationships with other leaders across the Inland Region.
- Build skills in nonprofit leadership, management, and strategy.
- Reflect on and discover personal, organizational, and community resources.
In preparation for the program, we spoke to nearly 90 nonprofit, capacity-building, and philanthropic leaders from the Inland Region over the last year. Through conversations, focus groups, and meetings, we learned that there is an overwhelming need for a program like NGLC in the area.
In this pivotal historical political moment, creating space for leaders of color to build deep relationships, learn skills, and strategize is critical and urgent.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The program brought together a community of 20 leaders and included the following components over a one-year period.
1. Four In-Person Leadership Retreats
2. Facilitated Peer Learning Groups and Webinars
3. Individual Leadership Coaching
How Can Coaching Help?
"The work of liberation means directly discussing and confronting painful laws, practices, and cultures of oppression. That work is draining and bewildering and I felt that the negative internal scripts I carried made that load heavier."
—Elizabeth Ayala, Senior Program Associate (Women's Foundation of California)
This program is made possible with generous funding by The California Wellness Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation. We ask that you be mindful of the value of this program and carefully consider the time and space needed to participate when applying. We ask organizations to cover the cost of staff time for attending activities of the program, considering participation as paid staff time.