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New Leaders Council

NLC Mentorship

nyc_inst-2.jpgThank you for your interest in mentoring an NLC Fellow. New Leaders Council is always looking for quality mentors to help train the next generation of progressive leaders. Please read the mentorship program summary below and then click the “Mentor Application Form” link at the bottom to complete your application.

Your responses will be directed to the local mentorship chair in your NLC chapter. The chair will contact you to discuss mentoring an NLC Fellow.

New Leaders Council

The mission of New Leaders Council is to train and support the next generation of political entrepreneurs by recruiting emerging leaders, engaging them in the political process and equipping them with the skills to become talented and responsible civic leaders.

NLC accomplishes this primarily through the NLC Institute, the country’s premier political entrepreneurship training program that builds local teams of outstanding young professionals in over 30 U.S. regions. What sets NLC apart from other leadership training programs is the support we offer our Fellows after they have graduated from the NLC Institute. Through our Mentorship program, Alumni engagement programs and other networking opportunities, we are building the foundation for the future.


The Mentorship Program

The New Leaders Council Mentorship Program pairs community leaders with NLC Fellows and Alumni, helping them to build relationships and increase their professional network within their community.


  • Duration & frequency: Mentor will meet with Fellow at least twice over five months (e.g.: March/July; April/August)
  • Length of meeting: At least one hour
  • Mentor survey: We ask mentors to complete a short survey at the end of the formal Mentorship period to help NLC improve the program for future years.

Qualities of a Good Mentor

Our mentors are typically politically-minded, successful individuals with a vested interest in supporting future political and business leaders.  Traditionally, our Mentors work within government, within politics, for non-profit organizations, in business, the legal profession, or within the media. Much like our Fellows, our Mentors hail from a wide variety of sectors.

Ways you can be a Mentor:

  • Introduce Fellows to your Network
  • Career Coaching
  • Share your Expertise and Experience
  • Provide Advice and Guidance

Our Fellows

New Leaders Council Fellows represent a broad cross-section of America, from the agriculture industry in Des Moines to the city government of New Orleans; from the engines of the technology industry in Silicon Valley to the media hubs of Atlanta.

The Fellows represent the diversity of America and the best of the Millennial Generation. With the support of the NLC Institute and its small-team approach to education and entrepreneurship, these emerging leaders are already creating positive social change in their communities and are going to catalyze large-scale change around the country in the coming months and years.

The Process

If you are interested in serving as a mentor to our Fellows, please complete the application and a local Mentorship Director will be in touch with you. If you have any questions or comments about NLC’s Mentorship program, contact James Woodson at

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New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.