Raising the collective voice of nonprofit leaders of color through a BIPOC informed, community-focused, equity-centered design.
Over a decade of supporting Youth INC, we have witnessed the incredible work they do to provide youth development organizations with resources to help young develop skills and confidence to achieve their full potential. Our contribution to fund the launch of the Rise Academy for Leaders of Color underscores our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our business and communities as Youth INC expands its efforts to provide dedicated support for BIPOC nonprofit leaders.
Youth INC has focused on self-reflection for the past year to determine how we can improve DEIB at every level of our organization. Rise Academy is the culmination of 12-months of study of the inequities faced by BIPOC nonprofit leaders. It centers their voices in the solution, making all of us at Youth INC incredibly proud and inspired for the change we can achieve together.
Structural inequities in the nonprofit sector have perpetuated disparities amongst its leadership. As a capacity builder, we are uniquely positioned to assess and address these barriers and support our rising nonprofit leaders of color and partner organizations by creating an environment where everyone can have access and opportunities for leadership that will influence how organizations lead youth constituents of color.
My goal is to become an executive director of a small or medium-sized nonprofit. I’ve been seeking out a professional development opportunity like this program for almost two years, and the biggest hurdle has been “the fit.” I am excited about the possibilities of what Rise Academy for Leaders of Color could offer me.