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Legacy of Leadership Cohort 2019-2020

As a follow up to the King County United Way Report "A Vision for the Urban Indian Community," Native Action Network is pleased to announce a ten month leadership initiative for emerging leaders.  The Urban Indian Vision report addressed the following recommendation under "Creating a Strong Foundation for the Community:  Develop leadership training and leadership mentoring opportunities within organizations to allow for the next generation of leaders." 

The intent of “Legacy of Leadership – Preparing our Next Generation of Community Leaders” is to nurture community leaders and advocates that serve the Native population of King County, WA.  The goal is to bring together a cohort of individuals that are committed to completing a one-year leadership training session addressing issues and topics relevant to the urban Native population. 

Participants will engage in training sessions that are intended to strengthen their leadership skills while expanding knowledge and networks both within their circle and outside their circle.  Participants will work within an assigned group to create a project intended to strengthen the Native community and be paired with a mentor that will assist them with their project development and outcomes.


The cohort will consist of up to 20 participants that are selected through an application and interview process. The participant’s employer must agree to their participation by allowing time off for the monthly day-long engagement sessions. 


The full cost of your tuition is $1,500 which if selected $1,250 is covered by Native Action Network through a scholarship from our sponsors.  Participants will be responsible for a $250 tuition fee that can be provided by your employer or yourself.  


The final cohort will be divided into 4 teams.  Each team will be responsible for organizing a community project benefiting the Native community.  During the graduation ceremony each team will present the outcome of their project to the community at large. 


Full participation by each member in the Native ACTION Network Leadership Initiative is critical. Please ensure that your employer understands and supports your participation commitments.  

We are excited to offer this leadership training initiative to support our emerging leaders.  This is a great opportunity to enhance your leadership skills, engage in volunteerism through a community service project, strengthen your resume, and, develop lifelong friendships!

Online applications will go live on May 10, 2019.  The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019.  APPLY HERE

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Support provided by the Novo Foundation, Tides Foundation, Union Bank, and the Suquamish Tribe.

If selected participants need to save the following dates for the opening retreat and monthly engagement sessions: 


Opening Retreat:  September 27th 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. September 28th 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Leadership participants will overnight at Suquamish Resort on September 20, 2019.  Hotel room and food are covered by Native Action Network. Transportation to the Suquamish hotel is the participants responsibility.


Monthly Engagement Days will occur one Friday each month from 8:00 am to 4:00pm.  October – May 2020.


October 18, 2019:  Project Planning & Team Development

November 15, 2019:  Non-Profit Management:  Your role as a leader, fundraiser, and manager. PM:  This session will guide participants through a review of managing organizational finances.

December 13, 2019:  Location – El Centro de la Raza  AM session:  Finance 101:  Managing personal finances.  PM session:  Community Building and Community Development:  What is it? What does it entail?

January 17, 2020:  “Native Non-profit panel – history of our organizations”

PM:  Governance:  Relationship between non-profit organizations, elected officials, tribal governments. – Meet with City of Seattle staff and elected officials.

February 21, 2020:  State Government:  Trip to Olympia and meeting with elected officials.

March 20, 2020:  Health:  Current state of our Native health system and our families.

April 17, 2020: Education:  Current state of Indian Education.


May 15, 2020:  King County Govt:  Meeting with Larry Gossett in the am: Self Care & photo shoot pm 

June 4, 2020:  Service Projects & Graduation.

Opening Retreat at the Suquamish Resort:

October 20th  5:30 - 10:00 p.m.

October 21st 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Overnight at Suquamish Resort on October 20, 2017.  Participant hotel room and food covered by Native Action Network. 


Participants are responsible for their transportation to the Suquamish Resort.


Monthly Engagement Days – One Friday each month from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  November through May 2018.


November 17, 2017:  Leading from Within

December 8, 2017:  Communications and Project Management


January 19, 2018:  Community Building and Community Development:  El Centro de la Raza/Personal Finances


February 23, 2018:  State Government:  Trip to Olympia and meeting with elected officials.


March 16, 2018:  City Government:  Meeting with Debora Juarez and City of Seattle Staff; Reading Financial Statements


April 20, 2018: Engaging Community:  Wing Luke Museum


May 18,  2018:  King County Council/Self-care 


June 12, 2018:  Service Projects & Graduation.