SIL’s Leadership Academy
SIL’s Leadership Academy is an eight-week governance course for individuals with disabilities designed to help participants gain the skills and tools needed to participate on nonprofit boards, committees, community coalitions or task forces in a meaningful way. SIL strongly believes that individuals with disabilities should be able to participate fully in their communities of choice and be at the table to add the disability perspective. The voice of the disability community is needed at all tables; this population can offer a unique perspective that is often needed but missed. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of persons with disabilities prepared to engage in community leadership roles.
“When I took the Services for Independent Living Leadership Academy, I found it to be enjoyable, very informative, and a part of a wonderful group that was filled with inspiring and outgoing individuals. I learned a lot during this course about being an advocate, disability rights, and working in a nonprofit. This course set me on the direction of being on the board of directors for Art Possible Ohio and to continue my education in nonprofit management.” ~Sarah, Leadership Academy Graduate, 2020
SIL offers two (2) Leadership Academy sessions a year. The sessions include guest speakers, hands-on activities and role playing. The focus is on developing a basic working knowledge of and understanding of the following topics:
- Community Leadership
- Disability History & Advocacy
- Functions of a Nonprofit Board
- Government Committees, Commissions, Task Forces & Councils
- Communications, Confidentiality & Board Ethics
- Networking and Importance of Developing Community Contacts
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Any person with a disability who wants to learn how to make a difference and how to gain confidence and leadership experience in community decision-making on issues important to him or her. Priority given to Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake County residents.
Fall Dates Announced
October 19, 2021 – December 14, 2021;
Tuesday afternoons, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
(October 19; 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14)
Please contact Laura Gold for an application by emailing email@example.com or calling 216-815-0015 (please leave a detailed message). The deadline for applications is October 8, 2021. Because space is limited, we encourage you to apply early. If you need help filling out the application, please let Laura know.
Upon successful completion of the Leadership Academy, SIL will work with graduates to identify and match potential leadership opportunities in the community. This can range anywhere from serving on a nonprofit board or joining a task force or committee or applying new skills to be a more effective member of a committee one is already on. Additionally, as part of a mentoring program, SIL will pair current students with Leadership Academy graduates.
This project was supported, in part by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, under grant number 2001OHSCDD from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.
If you would like additional information about the Leadership Academy, please contact Laura Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 216-815-0015.