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HandsOn Leadership FAQ 

2018 HandsOn Leadership Program Requirements/Details:

  1. Commit to full-day kick-off retreat/orientation in San Francisco

  2. Attend a minimum of three volunteer projects from our Community Calendar (ideally as a team)

  3. Attend a mid-year retreat

  4. Attend nine monthly team meetings; time and dates will be decided on by the team

  5. Attend one HandsOn Bay Area Board meeting

  6. Attend four supplemental professional development trainings on nonprofit leadership and organizational management facilitated by HandsOn Bay Area and a team of expert consultants from the corporate and nonprofit sector (dates TBD)

  7. Present accomplishments and future commitments to action at a graduation ceremony

  8. Commit an additional five to ten hours per month for the practical skills application component, which will be done individually and with teams

  9. Work with the team to accomplish team goals

  10. Become a Project Leader with HandsOn Bay Area

How much does the program cost? 

We request an enrollment fee of $650 to participate in HandsOn Bay Area. This fee partially covers program costs including things like workshop facilitation, project supply budgets for the teams, venue management and volunteer meal costs, to name a few. That said, we have a generous sliding-scale, needs-based scholarship program to enable us to not turn anyone away for lack of funds (Anyone hoping to be considered for a scholarship will be automatically directed to the eligibility form at the end of our official Fellowship Application)

Is there an age minimum for the program?

Yes. Our HandsOn Leadership fellows vary widely in age and experience, but due to the content of the curriculum, the program does not cater to students under the age of 23 years old.

How will you select participants for the program?

When compiling teams of HandsOn Leadership participants, we primarily look in to team dynamics, paying close attention to need for a balanced variety of skills and backgrounds to make for a successful cohort. This is done first by reviewing resumes and essay questions and then through our informal interview process, in which we learn more about your aspirations and goals for participating in the program.

How will you select for the Scholarships?

Sliding scale scholarships are determined on the information provided in the final page of our online application form. The form will ask you your annual household income, any expectations of income increases or decreases, or if you are supporting any dependents. We will grant partial scholarships on a sliding scale based on your answers.

How often will the the HandsOn Leadership team(s) meet?

HandsOn Leadership teams are expected to have monthly meetings to hold each other accountable and keep track of your goals. Additionally, HandsOn Bay Area will host 2 kick-off retreats and four professional development workshops in support of these goals, to which attendance is mandatory. Other commitments will arise as you find new projects to lead, or host fundraisers and other related events throughout the year. 

What type of goals are the HandsOn Leadership teams expected to accomplish in this program?

Working closely with the HandsOn Bay Area staff, HandsOn Leadership teams attack a number of goals including leading a large-scale service project (50+ Volunteers), developing a team-oriented issue-based volunteer series with HandsOn Bay Area staff, fundraising, and marketing support. 

How are team projects identified and scheduled?

HandsOn Leadership teams work closely with the HandsOn Bay Area staff to help facilitate introductions and conversations with potential partners, whether they be a nonprofit, park or school in your region. With our long-standing position as provider of volunteer resources to the community, this will add a much-needed element of trust as you interact with potential partners and do you work on the field. 

Aside from the enrollment fee, are there any other costs for participating?

There are no other costs for participating in the HandsOn Leadership program. Part of the enrollment fee goes to establishing a small starting budget to help with any expenses that may occur throughout the year. Participants should come prepared to work, which means they should have sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and clothing that they are willing to get dirty. If this is something you do not already have, then that would be an extra cost for you.

Do you have any suggestions on how to cover the enrollment fee?

The HandsOn Leadership program is a professional development program in which participants can exercise their skills in a new team-based environment for a good cause, which has influenced many participants to solicit support out of their employer's professional development budget. In addition to the clear benefits of investing in the human resources and developed skills of their staff, companies benefit greatly from the visibility aspects of having their employees in an organization like HandsOn Bay Area, where they are exposed to dozens of nonprofits throughout the region. If accepted in to the program, we are happy to provide you with any additional information to help you make the case to your supervisor of HR manager.

Can I participate in the program for less than a year?

In continuation with our efforts to maintain strong team dynamics, we expect each participant to commit to the full-year program and see through all of the goals and expectations set forth at the beginning of the year. 

What is the refund policy?

Upon acceptance into the program, we request a non-refundable deposit of $150 to hold your spot. We request the full payment to be submitted no later then the official kick-off/orientation date in January. Refunds will be granted in case of emergencies after that date.

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