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The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political leaders and entrepreneurs - those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.
NLC accomplishes it's mission primarily through the NLC Institute; the nation’s premiere political entrepreneurship training program that builds local teams of outstanding young professionals in cities and states across the nation.
NLC Fellows engage in an intensive ten days of training over a five-month period (one weekend a month from Jan-May) to learn cutting-edge entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from industry-leading volunteer faculty.
As our Montana Chapter is not centrally located, every month's institute weekend is held in a new host city. By holding an institute weekend in a different region of the state, we aim to 1) increase representation of experiences and backgrounds across the state of Montana, 2) increase access to state resources for our fellows and alumni, and 3) more fairly distribute the time to commute for our Montana fellows. Previous host cities have included Missoula, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings, however our chapter is always striving to expand to other areas across the state.
Every year, NLC-Montana accepts 18-25 strong progressives and provides leadership training and strategies including personal branding, fundraising, entrepreneurship, and so much more.
Upon graduation, Fellows are paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows. Fundraising efforts go directly to the institute so that NLC can continue to offer these trainings for free to progressive leaders in Montana.
Graduates from this program go onto to do great things for our Montana communities. Previous graduates are running for office, starting their own non-profits, writing Montana legislation, and starting their own businesses.
Additionally, there are always continuing development opportunities available. On the local level, NLC Alumni can continue their dedication to the advancement of young Montanans by joining a leadership position on our NLC-Montana Executive Board. On the National level, NLC has a myriad of opportunities to stay involved and lead.
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