Our Vision

Thriving communities of color urgently need a generation of young people who are informed and engaged in addressing the most critical issues facing their communities. The Greenlining Academy works to empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change. We seek to develop a network of visionary leaders ready to work across racial and ethnic lines to address America’s most pressing problems and develop sustainable solutions rooted in equity and justice.

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The Challenge

American communities face a serious leadership gap, which will likely worsen as baby boomers retire and leave a leadership deficit in communities and organizations. While people of color comprise almost 60 percent of California’s population, they are sorely underrepresented in leadership positions in government, business and the nonprofit world, and left without an adequate voice in crucial decisions. Young people of color have been hardest hit in the economic crisis, but with funding for jobs and educational opportunities drying up, there are few pipeline programs aimed at developing young leaders of color.

Our Response

A Comprehensive Set of Development Programs for Young Leaders
  • Fellowship Programs – The Fellowship Programs consist of the Policy Fellowship and Legal Fellowship. These programs are a year-long, paid training program for young leaders who have completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Each fellow is assigned to a specific program area and develops expertise under the mentorship of the program director.
  • Summer Associate Programs – The Summer Associate Programs consist of the Summer Associate Program and the Legal Summer Associate Program. These programs are an intensive, 10-week paid training program for young leaders who have completed at least their undergraduate degrees. Associates take on research and advocacy projects under the direction of a Greenlining staff member.
  • Casa Residency – Founded in 1970 by Chicano/Latino students, Casa is a multi-ethnic residential leadership program for students attending UC Berkeley, committed to fostering academic success and cross-racial understanding among participating students.
  • Internship Program – The Internship program offers part-time paid positions to college and graduate students. Interns typically work between 10-20 hours per week on research-related projects. Undergraduates with work-study are encouraged to apply during the spring and fall semesters. Basic Qualifications: Student at a local Bay Area college and can commit to working 10-15 hours per week.
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