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The 2019 NAN Leadership Cohort Applications will go live on May 10, 2019.  Apply HERE

Cost to Apply: None; Applications will go live on May 10, 2019

Deadline to Register:  August 30, 2019

Tuition cost:  $1,500 (Scholarship amount is $1,250; Participant amount is $250.)

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 would have to agree to their participation by allowing time off for the monthly day-long gatherings.  The full cost of your tuition is $1,500. Native Action Network provides a scholarship for $1,250 as a result of sponsorships from our partners.  Participants will be responsible for a $250 tuition fee that can be paid by your employer or yourself once you are accepted into the program.  The $250 fee will not be refunded should you drop out.


The cohort will be divided into 4 teams.  Each team will be responsible for 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. This is VIP!!!! The deadline to apply is August 30, 2019.

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!

Monthly Engagement Calendar:

Opening Retreat – September 27th & September 28th 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Leadership participants will overnight at Suquamish Resort on September 27, 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.