In 2015, Open Buffalo launched Emerging Leaders, a first-of-its-kind leadership development school which aims to build a stronger Buffalo by preparing new leaders in our city. Those accepted into Emerging Leaders complete an innovative program that combines cutting-edge community organizing training, action-oriented research, and interpersonal skill-building.
Local partners from across the Open Buffalo social justice collaborative join forces with national trainers to deliver this comprehensive curriculum and begin to build a new progressive leadership pipeline in Buffalo. In addition, each participant is paired with a mentor to further build bridges between communities and organizations in our city.
Emerging Leaders are dynamic community leaders, representing a diverse range of identities and from every corner of Buffalo. Participants are selected with the intention of empowering communities directly impacted by injustice.
(Check here for a list of our past Emerging Leaders.)
The application period for the 2018 Emerging Leaders class is now closed.