About Us

To Complete this Application
  • Review the application preview and have responses ready (you won't be able to save or pause your application)
  • Have a current resume ready to upload
  • Have a letter of recommendation from your employer speaking to your fit for the program ready to upload (optional, but highly recommended)
Ideal Participants
The program is open to all Chicago professionals who currently work in the nonprofit/social sector. This program targets mid-level professionals (5-7 years experience) who currently have responsibilities that include managing people and/or a variety of projects. YNPN Chicago membership is not a requirement to be eligible for Leadership Institute; however, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate engagement with YNPN Chicago through membership and/or event attendance.
If Accepted, Participants Should:
  • Be able to attend all ten monthly sessions (4 in person, 6 virtual), January to October 2024 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Session dates include January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October 18. The first and last sessions will be in person, with two additional in-person dates to be determined. 
  • Be able to dedicate an hour a month to meeting one-on-one with their assigned mentor.
  • Have the support of their current employer which includes having time off to attend monthly sessions and having the opportunity to apply new skills in the workplace.
  • Have additional time and energy to complete readings, reflections, and assignments between monthly sessions.
  • Be willing and prepared to engage in personal reflection and in active, respectful discussions with other cohort members.
Application Process
All applicants will be asked to submit an online application along with a resume and letter of reference by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, December 10, 2023. Your reference letter should be no more than one page long and provided by either your immediate supervisor or someone who knows you well, professionally or personally.

There is no interview process; all applicants will be notified of final decisions by late December. Accepted participants will receive upon their acceptance, the information needed for a January start to the program.

Before Applying:
  • Please note: You can only access your online application once through SurveyMonkey. The system will also require you to complete most questions before proceeding. Therefore, we highly recommend that you preview our application and prepare your answers before beginning your submission.
  • Have PDF copies of your resume and letter of reference available. You will be asked to upload both before submitting your application.