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Did you know that the Young Leaders Council has served the Nashville community for more than 38 years?

Young Leaders Council (YLC) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1985 by the Council of Community Services, in partnership with the Frist Foundation (formerly the HCA Foundation) and the United Way. YLC’s programming consists of a series of eleven interactive training sessions that address fundamental board skills. Participants are typically between 25 and 40 years of age and represent a broad range of corporate, civic, and volunteer backgrounds. The training is followed by the completion of a one-year internship with a nonprofit community organization. During the internship, the YLC participant will serve as a non-voting member of the organization’s working board.

Over the years, more than 3,000 young professionals have participated in the YLC program and gained valuable leadership skills while enhancing their professional network. YLC alumni have contributed significantly to the growth, sustainability, and success of hundreds of local nonprofit organizations and continue to impact the community as board leaders today. As YLC continues to train the next generation of nonprofit board leaders, we invite you to connect with us and to share this opportunity with your colleagues and friends.

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The Young
Leaders Council

Our mission is to train diverse, committed individuals to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit organizations and make a difference in the community by replenishing the volunteer leadership base.

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Nashville, TN 37204

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