The NAEOP Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is a yearlong leadership development program that is designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within NAEOP and its participating State Associations. The program is designed to combine professional development, networking opportunities, and hands-on experiences to ensure successful continuation of NAEOP. Every year, two* ELI participants will be selected from participating NAEOP states.
*In the event that a member state(s) has fewer than two qualified applicants, additional participants may be selected from the other member states.
Criteria to Apply
The ELI application process is competitive, so please keep in mind all of the following in preparing your application:
- Membership - candidate must be a current NAEOP project member. If selected, participants must maintain tenure of paid membership in NAEOP.
- Leadership Potential - candidate must have worked for a TRIO program for at least two years and show present success or future potential for success in leadership positions and assist in recruiting future ELI participants.
- Commitment – candidate must agree to attend and fully engage in all ELI training sessions, attend and volunteer in some capacity at the NAEOP regional conference, and be committed to the possibility of furthering their leadership commitment by serving on various committees or taking on leadership positions with the state and/or region.
- Supervisor Support – candidate must obtain a letter of support from their supervisor.
- Financial – candidate is responsible for conference registration fee, lodging, travel and per diem to attend the full day of training.
ELI participants who successfully complete the program will:
- Possess a greater understanding of NAEOP and its history, objectives, organization, and procedures.
- Have a broader understanding of the history and structure of TRIO programs, COE, and NAEOP’s member State Associations.
- Have developed a fundamental understanding of one’s own leadership style and how to effectively use it to work with others.
- Contribute to the success of their state association and/or regional association by assuming leadership responsibilities such as holding offices, chairing committees, and serving as mentors for new NAEOP professionals
- Have enhanced advocacy skills and be more committed to their profession, NAEOP, and the students they serve.
ELI Program Components:
The yearlong program will focus on:
- NAEOP and member State Associations’ histories, Constitutions, and By-Laws
- NAEOP and member State Associations’ Board structures, policies, practices, and operations
- Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) History and Board structure
- Networking with NAEOP and other TRIO professionals
- Parliamentary Procedures
- Leadership Styles & Skills
- Team Building
- Advocacy Efforts
ELI Participant Commitments
Applicants who are selected for the 2018-19 ELI cohort commit to:
- Attend and fully engage in the ELI training on Saturday, October 13, 2018
- Attend the 2018 NAEOP Conference and a pre-conference session, October 14-17, 2018 (the pre-conference session is free of charge for ELI participants)
- Volunteer in various capacities at the 2018 NAEOP Conference; opportunities include collecting meal tickets, assisting with the registration table, and assisting with the silent and live auctions
- Assume a leadership role on the ELI Board and actively participate in monthly conference calls and trainings with the ELI cohort and ELI co-chairs
- Engage in and complete projects and/or tasks as assigned
- Actively seek leadership roles by serving on various committees or taking on a leadership position at the state and/or regional level in the future
- Assist in recruiting future ELI participants