Our Program

Young Leaders Council is committed to replenishing the leadership base for the Nashville community. YLC offers an immersive 11-week training program designed to appeal to emerging leaders in our community. Since 1985, YLC has trained more than 3,000 young professionals to effectively serve on the boards of more than 400 local nonprofit agencies. Currently, we offer training annually through the Nashville Spring; Junior League of Nashville; Massey College of Business at Belmont University; Nashville Fall; and Williamson County Cohorts.

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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 for the spring cohorts open in late fall and remain open until the first of February.  Early application is encouraged as cohorts fill quickly.

Three cohorts are offered each spring:

  • Nashville Spring – Wednesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m. (At Capacity. Now accepting applications to Thursday Nashville Class)
  • Nashville Spring – Thursdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m. (Currently Accepting Applications)
  • Junior League of Nashville (must be a JLN member) – Tuesdays from 8:00-10:30 a.m. (Currently Accepting Applications)
  • 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. (Currently Accepting Applications)

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 early May and remain open until the first of July.  Early application is encouraged.

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

The class participation fee for all cohorts is $850, with the exception of Junior League which is $750. Individuals accepted into the cohorts will receive one complimentary 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 confirmation will be sent to each applicant from the Smarter Select system providing a link to schedule the interview immediately after the application is submitted.  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.  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 Executive Director or Program Manager. The applicant is fully responsible for payment of the required program fee. Each applicant is encouraged to consult with their employer regarding the possibility of receiving financial support for the cost of the program prior to submitting their application.

Attendance is required at all training 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 may be made up by attending with another cohort for that same topic 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.

With the exception of members of the Junior League Cohort, all YLC program participant must complete a one-year internship on the board of a nonprofit organization. It is suggested that all training sessions be completed prior to the start of the 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 restart the application process. Program fees are non-transferable between participants.

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Suite 260
Nashville, Tennessee 37212

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