Nonprofit Resources

Young Leaders Council was founded in 1985 by the Council of Community Services, in partnership with the Frist Foundation (formerly the HCA Foundation) and the United Way. 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.

YLC hosts five cohorts each year, three in the spring and two in the fall. Classes are conducted over the course of 11 weeks and address topics that have been deemed crucial in today’s nonprofit leadership environment.

Spring Cohorts

  • Nashville Spring
  • Junior League of Nashville
  • Belmont University – Jack C. Massey College of Business

Fall Cohorts

  • Nashville Fall
  • Williamson County

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.

Program Curriculum

  • Becoming The Ultimate Board Member
  • Conflict Management
  • Diversity
  • Nonprofit Financials
  • Board Member Responsibilities
  • Fundraising
  • Legal Responsibilities of a Board Member
  • Mock Board Meeting
  • Nonprofit Tour Days
  • Planning for Sustainable Impact
  • Effective Meetings & Communication

What does a YLC Intern do?

  • The intern should be permitted to attend board meetings during the year of the internship. The intern will participate as a non-voting board member.
  • The intern will serve as a member of a working board committee or on a special project. The committee must be an active one with regular meetings and specific activities.
  • There is no obligation on the part of either the agency or the intern to continue the relationship after the year internship is completed.

Participating agencies are welcome to invite interns to join the board, but are under no obligation to do so, and the intern is not under obligation to stay on as a full board member. This is to be decided between the intern and the nonprofit.

Benefits of Hosting a YLC Board Intern


YLC Program participants seek out the YLC training program to learn skills needed to effectively lead nonprofit organizations because they desire to give back to the community.


YLC program graduates have gone through nearly 3 months of nonprofit board service training under the mentorship of instructors who have served on nonprofit boards for decades.


YLC Board Interns are matched with organizations they care about on a personal level. They are intentional and eager to work with our nonprofit partners around the city.

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