LGBT Leaders Wanted: Washington, D.C. Scholarship Opportunities

LGBT Leaders Wanted: Washington, D.C. Scholarship Opportunities

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2014 Leadership Institute participants met with Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to discuss LGBT politics and life as an openly gay member of Congress. Photo: Next Generation Leadership Institute
2014 Leadership Institute participants met with Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to discuss LGBT politics and life as an openly gay member of Congress. Photo: Next Generation Leadership Institute

The Next Generation Leadership Foundation (NGLF) announced Tuesday that applications are now being accepted for its second annual Leadership Institute, a week-long program that will bring up to 25 LGBT students to Washington, D.C. Participants will meet with prominent LGBT leaders in a variety of fields, receive leadership training and skills development, and establish networks that will enable their success as LGBT leaders in both their careers and their communities.

“This is a unique program in our community,” said Sean Bugg, NGLF founder and executive director. “We know that LGBT youth still face barriers, stereotypes and stigma. The Leadership Institute is about showing youth that they can succeed not despite being LGBT, but because they are LGBT.”

The 2015 Leadership Institute will be held June 22-26 in Washington, D.C. While participants will meet with leaders from Capitol Hill and the White House, the focus of the Institute is much broader, introducing them to people who have succeeded in business, arts, technology, community activism, and more.

During the 2014 program, participants met with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis; discussed journalism and media with Tagg Magazine and Buzzfeed; received hands-on media training; met with LGBT corporate leaders and small business entrepreneurs; explored issues of representation and diversity in gaming with the Entertainment Software Association; and engaged leaders from a diverse group of national and local LGBT organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition, Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, AIDS United, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and more.

“This is an amazing opportunity for talented and motivated LGBT young people,” said Bugg, noting that the expanded program for 2015 will offer even more opportunities for participants to build lasting networks and connections.

Applications are open to current U.S. high school LGBT students who will be 18 years of age as of June 21, 2015. The application form is available at nglf.org and can be submitted online. Applications will be reviewed based on academic achievement, community involvement, and an essay or multi-media submission on how selection for the program will make a difference in their lives as LGBT community members and career goals.

The Leadership Institute is made possible in part by partnerships with that National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, PFLAG, and others. The Next Generation Leadership Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., with the mission to inspire, mentor, and honor the LGBT leaders of the future. In addition to the Leadership Institute, NGLF produces the Next Generation Awards, which honor the achievements of LGBT leaders under the age of 30.

For more information about Next Generation’s mission and programs, visit nglf.org.

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