The Network's Rising Leaders program is designed to forge strong connections within the community development field and foster the next generation of leaders. It will prepare diverse mid to senior level professionals, who demonstrate the necessary passion and potential, for advancement into positions of responsibility. These Rising Leaders will be matched with experienced mentors in the field. Over the course of one year, nonprofit professionals and rising leaders alike can expect to tangibly build capacity in both personal and professional ways through one-on-one meetings, professional development trainings, and networking events. HCDNNJ staff will make mentor matches based on availability and strengths of applicants.