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TGNC Pioneers of Tomorrow Leadership Program


New York Transgender Advocacy Group’s TGNC Pioneers of Tomorrow Leadership Program is a 6 month mentorship and training opportunity for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming identified individuals. Our unique program prepares TGNC people to take on and successfully navigate leadership roles within their community. The program is comprised of four ninty-minute virtual modules and a full day in-person training in New York City.

NYTAG’s pedagogy is founded on experiential learning, whereby learning occurs through reflection and doing. Participants are given the opportunity to examine how these topics directly affect their lives and communities.. Moreover, NYTAG trainings facilitate a learning environment that invite deep, challenging questions and a space where participants can unpack these topics.

Program Overview:

Module 1: Strategic Storytelling

In this module we will be covering how to master your narrative and shape your success story. In addition, we explore to how to weaponize storytelling to facilitate connection, and ways to establish visibility and empowerment for your movement, community, and peers.

Module 2: Conflict Resolution & Dealing with Microaggressions

For this module we will be exploring effective tools for navigating trauma, identify potential triggers, and develop strategies to help us coexist with microagressions–a key part of taking on any leadership role. We will also discuss the importance of being assertive and setting boundaries, all without sacrificing your sanity, peace, and safety.

Module 3: Identifying my Leadership Style

In this module, we will take a moment to identify and examine a diverse array of leadership styles. Participants will complete a 5 page assessment gauging their own strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and explore how to foster continuing personal growth.

Module 4: How Does Your Passion Fuel Your Leadership?

Participants will engage in various exercises that will allow them to actively apply their leadership skills and experiment with different leadership styles. Participants will identify connections between leadership and their own personal passions and interests.

Full Day Training: Pioneers of Today

This full day in-person training in New York City will consist of networking opportunities, skill development workshops, meetings with potential mentors, and much more.

Perks and Benefits:

Upon completion of the program participants will:

  • Have a strong network of TGNC leaders and mentors

  • Receive $50 for each session attended

  • Be a guest on NYTAG’s national podcast


NYTAG is currently recruiting 10 individuals for their 2018-2019 TGNC Pioneers of Tomorrow Leadership Program cohort. Applicants must submit a full application and meet the participant requirements below:

  • NY state resident

  • 18+

  • Must be TGNC identified

  • Highly encouraged to apply if you HIV empowered / POC

Application Deadline: Friday October 19, 2018

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