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2017 Board Leadership Development Program

The Society of Emerging Leaders (The SEL) is comprised of young professionals focused on transforming their community through its support of and involvement with the work of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. This program trains young professionals to effectively participate on boards of United Way partner agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Upon completion of the training sessions, SEL members will be matched with a partner agency nonprofit to serve on their board of directors for one year. The class will be limited to 10 participants to ensure lively discussion and personal attention.

Benefits of Participation:

By participating in this program, young professionals will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with others who share a similar passion;

  • Contribute their skills, expertise, and passion to strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Northern Shenandoah Valley,

  • Support and strengthen the community in which they work and live;

  • Rally support and invite others to join them in advocating on behalf of the nonprofit’s mission; and

  • Develop new skills and hone leadership abilities as well as expand social and professional networks.

Program Requirements

  • Commit to a one-year internship on a United Way NSV partner agency non-profit board;

  • Attend all training sessions, held from 5:30-7:30pm on March 23rd, April 20th, May 18th at United Way NSV. 

  • Volunteer with the nonprofit organization for a minimum of four (4) hours 

  • Make a contribution to United Way NSV at the SEL giving level of $250 or more.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted by February 10th. Apply online here.

The Board Leadership Program is limited to 10 SEL member participants. Participants not selected for the 2017 program will be considered for next year’s program.

If you have any questions regarding the application process or the program, please contact

Main Criteria

  1. Strong interest in service and nonprofit work.

  2. Making a commitment to attend all the training classes and to do a one-year internship on the board of a nonprofit organization.

  3. Get the support of your supervisor.

  4. Make your gift to United Way NSV and qualify for the SEL affinity group (gift of $250 or more and under the age of 40)f

Apply online