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Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit leadership in today’s dynamic world requires adaptive and strategic professionals, able to both meet specific organizational needs and understand the broader landscape.

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To prepare the next generation of leaders, PASE and Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (Colin Powell School MPA) have partnered to relaunch Emerging Leaders in Nonprofit Management: A Course for Youth Program Professionals, a comprehensive, three-month course in nonprofit leadership and management. By investing in developing more capable leaders, we can strengthen organizations and ensure better outcomes for the youth they serve.

For over a decade, PASE’s course has offered lectures and practical discussions that merge the talents and experiences of professors with insights from seasoned nonprofit professionals from the PASE community. Class sessions provide a strong theoretical base for understanding issues facing nonprofits, while offering practical ways to improve critical aspects of management, including: strategic planning; financial management; human resources; fundraising; advocacy; board relations; and evaluation, among other topics. The Emerging Leaders course has yielded diverse, and uniformly positive, results for its over 300 alumni, including career advancement and increased long-term commitment to the youth-serving community.

Program Overview

Download the program overview to learn more about the content, timeline, cost and how to apply.

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Strategic Challenge Projects

As part of the program, participants work in teams on a Strategic Challenge Project to explore a challenge or opportunity related to non-profit management or leadership. Through the project, the teams identify and carefully define a problem or opportunity, collect and analyze the information needed to address the issue, propose alternative solutions, and recommend a strategy to implement the preferred solution. Below are the projects from the winter 2024 cohort.

Team 1 Optimizing the Employee Lifecycle: A Comprehensive Examination of Offboarding Best Practices


Team 2 Diversifying the Evaluation Toolkit: Measuring For Programmatic and Communal Impact Beyond the Survey


Team 3 Unlocking Success: Exploring the Vital Link between Development and Programmatic Teams


Team 4 Money Talks: Navigating Budget Communication for Nonprofits - Best Practices and Impacts


Team 5 Healthy Workplace Climate and Culture - What It Is and Why It Matters


PASE Impact, FY 2023

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Afterschool Professionals Supported



Professional Development Events Offered

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NYC Youth Impacted

PASE believes all kids deserve a safe, nurturing space during out-of-school time where they have opportunities to explore their passions while connecting with and learning from caring adults. We exist to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

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