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Emerging Leaders of Color

When youth workers see themselves reflected in agency leadership, they establish a stronger sense of belonging within their organization.


Investing in emerging leaders of color is key to ensuring youth agencies increase and sustain progress toward being welcoming and inclusive workplaces and closing equity gaps in leadership.  

The Indiana Youth Worker Well-Being Emerging Leaders of Color development program will identify emerging leaders of color, help them build on their existing leadership skills, and the types of community networks required to lead and grow an effective youth-serving agency. 

Two annual cohorts of 20-25 youth workers will be selected for this project to participate in training sessions that facilitate connections, advance skills, and create a network of lasting support.   

Recruitment will begin January 2024, and cohort participants will be selected based on the following: 

  • Individuals currently employed as a youth worker
  • Identifies as a person of color
  • Is committed to a career in the field of youth services 

The Emerging Leaders of Color development program will launch in 2024.  

Anticipated Cohort Learning Sessions


  • Leadership Styles and Skills 
  • Legal and Human Resource Practices and Issues 
  • Budgeting and Financial Management 
  • Program Design and Assessment 
  • Building and Sustaining Effective Partnerships 
  • Resource Development 
  • Building Networks for Success and Support 
  • Leading Trauma-Responsive Agencies: Self-Care & Burnout 
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