Our Program

Young Leaders Council is committed to replenishing the leadership base for the Nashville community. YLC offers a unique and immersive training program designed to appeal to emerging leaders in our community. Since 1985, YLC has trained more than 3,000 young professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to serve on the boards of more than 250+ nonprofit agencies. Currently, we offer five cohorts each year, and each class spans 11 weeks.

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 Spring Classes

YLC’s spring classes are held over the course of 11 weeks beginning in mid-March and concluding in mid to late May. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications for the spring cohorts open in late fall and remain open until the first of February.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration as cohorts fill quickly.

Three cohorts are offered each spring:

  • Nashville Spring – Wednesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Junior League of Nashville (must be a JLN member) – Tuesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University (must be a Massey College of Business alumni) – Thursdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

Fall Classes

YLC’s fall classes are also held over the course of 11 weeks beginning in early September and concluding in mid to late November. Applications for the fall cohorts open in mid to late April and remain open until late June.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration as cohorts fill quickly.

Two cohorts are offered each fall:

  • Nashville Fall – Wednesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Williamson County (open to qualified applicants that reside, work, or would like to do business in Williamson County) – Tuesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m.

YLC Class Participation Fees

Class participation fees for all cohorts is $650, with the exception of Junior League which is $550. Class fees include a ticket to the annual YLC Leadership Luncheon.  Please note that all payment transactions made online will include a credit card processing fee.  ** Please select the dropdown option “Class Participation Fee” – [Selected Class] when making payments online.

Criteria for Participation in the YLC Program

  1. Interested in community service and nonprofit work
  2. Committed to attending all the training classes
  3. Eager to participate in a one-year internship on the board of a nonprofit organization
  4. Secured the approval of your manager to miss work for class sessions
  5. Have the ability to pay class participation fee, or have your company approval to pay

Program Requirements:

Young Leaders Council strives to maintain a strong cross section of individuals from diverse backgrounds, occupations, and experiences in order to enhance the program and meet the growing needs of our nonprofit community. Preference will be given to those individuals with previous volunteer experience, a demonstrated commitment to making an impact for the Middle Tennessee community, and the ability to fully commit to participating in the full 11-week training program.

Once the application is submitted, all applicants will be required to schedule a Zoom interview with the YLC Executive Director and/or Program Manager.  Email communication will be sent to each applicant from a YLC team member to schedule the interview shortly after the applications close.  Applicants may also submit a brief letter of recommendation from their immediate supervisor or a YLC alumni to strengthen their application, however, this is optional. Once the interview phase of the process is complete, all applicants will be notified on whether they have been selected to participate in the program. There is a non-refundable program fee associated with participation in the YLC training program. This fee must be paid prior to the start of training unless previous payment arrangements have been made and confirmed with the YLC program manager. The applicant is fully responsible for payment of the required program fee, and all applicants are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding their support for the cost of the program prior to submitting their application.

Attendance is required at all training and internship information sessions. The participant must notify the YLC Program Manager or Executive Director via email if a session is going to be missed. A missed session must be made up in the next scheduled class or the participant may take advantage of their one “missed class pass” for the semester. If two or more sessions are missed without prior approval, the participant will be advised to discontinue the program. Please note that all YLC program fees are non-refundable.

The participant must commit to and complete a one-year internship on the board of a nonprofit agency. It is suggested that all training sessions be completed prior to the start of the participant’s board internship.

If a participant needs to withdraw from the training program due to an unexpected emergency or life changing event, the applicant will be offered an opportunity to transition their admission to the immediate next semester, however, if the participant is unable to complete training in that semester following their initial admission, this opportunity will be voided and they must reapply for the YLC program should they desire to participate again the future. Program fees are non-transferable between participants.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Suite 260
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

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