Diversity is inviting everyone to the event. Equity is everyone having the same rules. Inclusion is asking everyone to participate.
A program for increasing ethnic diversity in volunteer leadership
Based on the recommendation of Governor DeWine to practice social distancing, United Way has cancelled Cohort 2 of Project Blueprint, scheduled to begin Thursday, March 19th and end June 4th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and applaud efforts to be proactive to prevent illness and the spread of this virus. The next cohort will be August 27th – November 12, 2020. Specific details will be shared as those dates draw nearer.
What is Project Blueprint? Project Blueprint is designed to identify, recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy making roles, enhancing the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies.
Volunteer leadership development: This program is designed to increase involvement of underrepresented groups on local nonprofit,public-sector boards and committees and develop emerging and current volunteer leaders in our multi-cultural community for leadership roles.
The program provides training for interested and engaged members of the community to serve on nonprofit boards and committees, and requires continuous learning, plus willingness to explore the unfamiliar an openness to new experiences.
Sessions and activities will introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board, while developing skills which help them become successful board and committee members.
Project Blueprint's main goal is to ensure that local volunteer leadership on nonprofit boards is representative of the community, that industry experts of many perspectives become a greater voice in the community through training & placing of under-represented groups in positions of leadership on nonprofit boards and committees.
Training benefits to employers
- Generates opportunities to sharpen leadership skills of employees
- Creates highly motivated and challenged employees who are prepared to go above and beyond their job responsibilities
- Enhances corporate image in the community and demonstrates community involvement
- Invests in employee development
- Opportunity to showcase organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Networking opportunities among companies in the community
Project Blueprint is a 12-week training program every Thursday during the session period from 4:30 - 6:30 PM at United Way of Greater Stark County. Weekly attendance is mandatory for board certification recommendation. Each session, a limited number of participants will be selected through an application process. Please submit your information below for consideration.
Project Blueprint applications can be submitted year-round. They will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee prior to the start of each session. All applicants will be notified before the sessions begins. Cost for the total season is $200, due a week before the session starts.
All applicants are encouraged to seek employer sponsorship, either in part or in full. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based on need. Scholarship requests are considered independently from the applications.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Director of Project Blueprint, LaFlovia "Flo" Gianni at 330-491-9984 or email@example.com.
- Agency Tour
- Orientation/Team Building
- Economics, Power and Wealth
- Board Governance/Management
- Parliamentary Procedures
- Resource Development/Personal Branding
- Strategic Planning
- Fiduciary/Fiscal Responsibilities
- Project Presentations
- Agency Fair
Next session for Project Blueprint August 27 - November 12, 2020 Schedule is subject to change.
Class times are every Thursday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.
- Session 1: Agency Tour (Note time change in class - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM)
- Session 2: Orientation/Team Building
- Session 3: Economics, Power and Wealth
- Session 4: Cultural/Inclusion
- Session 5: Board Governance/Management
- Session 6: Parliamentary Procedures/Board Dynamics
- Session 7: Resource Development/Branding
- Session 8: Strategic Planning
- Session 9: Fiduciary/Fiscal Responsibilities
- Session 10: Project Presentations
- Session 11: Agency Fairs
- Session 12: Graduation
Project blueprint spotlight
"Project Blueprint is such a blessing. Every meeting, I walk away with valuable information and am extremely excited to put what I am learning into good use. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of quality change." - Courtney Chester
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