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New Leaders Council



  1. Is NLC a political organization?  No. New Leaders Council (NLC) is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow. We are seeking trendsetters, aspiring elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business, nonprofit organizations and government who will shape the future landscape. We are not just seeking to train future politicians, but future progressive leaders.

  2. What do you seek in an applicant? NLC actively recruits Fellows from outside traditional power structures, equipping them with the skills necessary to become civic leaders in their communities and workplaces. . We aren’t looking for resumes from the best schools, most prestigious jobs, or most notable references. We encourage those who have taken underprivileged or otherwise challenging paths to help co-create a more progressive future. An ideal applicant is somebody who has demonstrated progressive leadership and entrepreneurial skill in their community, whether in a professional or volunteer context. Typical age range is 25-35, but these are not set limits. Fellows come from the world of business, non-profit, law, government, political campaigns, healthcare, the arts and many other sectors.

  3. What does the Institute cost? The Institute is free and applications cost $30, with waivers available upon request for applicants in financial need. Our program is funded by the annual Chapter Fundraiser, which fellows help plan as a class project. The event teaches fundraising and event planning skills while raising money to support our chapter and the national New Leaders Council. 

  4. How does the selections process work? Our selections team seeks Chicago's best and boldest young progressives. We expect nearly 200 applications for the 2019 institute; we will hold approximately 50 interviews and accept around 20 individuals for the Fellowship. Applications are reviewed and scored blindly.  All personal information is removed from the applications, which are reviewed by a team of NLC alumni and scored on several criteria to assess the applicant's abilities, experience, and personal story.

  5. What are the key dates & deadlines? There is no flexibility in these dates:
  • Oct 1: Applications Due
  • Nov: Interviews

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