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NVision is now recruiting for the 2008-2009 Colorado LEAD Apprentice Cohort!

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CONTACT: Crystal Echo Hawk, NVision
Tel: 303.895.0995 Email: nvision@pawneestar.com

NVision is now recruiting for the 2008-2009 Colorado LEAD Apprentice Cohort!

LEAD Fellow Application Deadline October 22, 2008

Longmont, CO – First Nations Development Institute’s Leadership & Entrepreneurial Apprentice Development (LEAD) Program is a unique American Indian nonprofit leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to create a stronger future for tribal or reservation-based nonprofit organizations. The goal of the program is to support the growth of future American Indian nonprofit leaders by educating and training emerging leaders in Native nonprofit management. First Nations has selected NVision, a national non-profit organization and affiliate project of the Seventh Generation Fund based in Longmont, CO, to serve as the host organization for the Colorado LEAD cohort program. Five to twelve emerging Native professionals in the Denver/Boulder metro area will be selected for the year-long program who are interested in acquiring the professional development, mentorship and leadership training opportunities provided by the program. NVision, in partnership with First Nations Development Institute, will seek to accomplish this goal by offering leadership development opportunities for emerging Native leaders who are either seeking to work in the nonprofit field or are already employed by a Native nonprofit.

The Colorado LEAD cohort will be comprised of the following activities, which are funded by First Nations Development Institute.

1. Monthly mentoring meetings to be held at various locations throughout the Denver/Boulder metro area. NVision leadership will host these meetings that will provide important educational and professional development opportunities through engagement with local Native nonprofit and/or business leaders who will serve as mentors to LEAD fellows.

2. Quarterly training sessions to be facilitated by either NVision or First Nations Development Institute that will be centered on the following areas: Native Leadership, Fundraising, Program Management & Evaluation, and Financial Management.

3. Quarterly symposiums and networking events will be hosted by NVision for LEAD fellows with Native and non-Native non-profit, business and community leaders.

4. Attendance at LEAD training events including the annual LEAD Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 7-9th, 2009. LEAD fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in a portion of the Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) annual conference to be held in Albuquerque April 7-8, 2009. LEAD fellows’ travel and participation at the NAP & LEAD annual conferences will be fully funded by First Nations Development Institute.

Please note this is a yearlong commitment from November 1 to October 31, 2009. If you are interested in participating and would like to obtain a LEAD fellow application, please contact Crystal Echo Hawk, President of NVision at 303.895.0995 or via email at nvision@pawneestar.com. Applications are due by October 22, 2008.

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