Out In Front NY: FAQ
MAIN OVERVIEW SESSIONS ADVISORS        FAQ

Have questions about Out In Front New York? Browse through our list of common questions about the program to learn more.

What is Out In Front New York?

What and how does Out In Front New York teach?

Who can apply for Out In Front New York?

Why should I apply?

How are admissions decisions made?

Is there a tuition fee to participate?

What if I can’t afford tuition?

Where does Out In Front New York meet?

Can I apply if I don’t live in New York City?

I am a community leader. How can I help?

What is the time commitment to participate?

What is the Stonewall Community Foundation?

What is the Stonewall Institute?

What is Out In Front New York?
Out in Front New York is an innovative training and community-building program aimed at preparing LGBTQ people to be the next generation of Movement leaders. The program offers an enriching, hands-on education in nonprofit leadership, placing particular emphasis on the roles of boards of directors. Graduates of Out In Front New York will be effective, engaged, and passionate, adding their energy, skills, and vision to LGBTQ and social justice organizations in New York and beyond.

What and how does Out In Front New York teach?
Check out the Sessions page for a synopsis of each one. The curriculum includes interactive lectures, dynamic group dialogue and discussion panels, and in-depth presentations. There will be a strong focus on peer-to-peer education, action learning, practice, and real life application. In addition to essential leadership skills and business savvy, program participants will develop:

  • An amazing network of colleagues and mentors
  • Confidence to motivate people and inspire action
  • Competencies needed to support equity and inclusion
  • The ability to self-reflect and work successfully within groups

Who can apply for Out In Front New York?
Out In Front New York is designed for new and emerging leaders interested in nonprofit board service in the New York City area. This includes newly active board members, those who have served in the recent past, people with extensive expertise in one or more of the program areas, and those who have not previously considered such a role but have a strong interest and/or capacity to be a leader.

Because Out In Front focuses on the next generation of community and movement leaders, most applicants are in their 20s, 30s, or 40s.  With that, though, Stonewall Community Foundation is committed to enrolling participants who reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community in terms of race, ethnicity, physical ability and mobility, national origin, immigration status, socioeconomic status, profession, educational background, sexual orientation, and gender. We welcome applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and queer.

Why should I apply?
Out In Front New York frames board service as an accessible and viable way for you to make substantial contributions to the LGBTQ Movement and community. In this program you will learn important leadership skills that allow you to amplify your voice, become more visible in social justice work, and make greater impact in the communities that matter to you. By applying, you begin a unique journey wherein you get to explore the fullness of your individual potential, discover the rewards of a united LGBTQ community, find mentors in respected community leaders, and form lasting friendships with amazing people.

How are admissions decisions made?
After your application is reviewed, you will be contacted by phone or e-mail. Some candidates will be asked to interview as follow-up to their submission. Attention will be paid to the composite of identities and experiences represented within the group of participants, as well as the goals each individual has for their participation. Out In Front New York is looking for people who:

  • Have demonstrated initiative, leadership, and vision
  • Are able to grasp complex issues and engage in productive dialogue about these
  • Have the willingness and availability to participate in all four program sessions

Is there a tuition fee to participate in Out In Front New York?
Yes, there is a tuition fee of $300, which is due by no later than January 31, 2013. While Stonewall Community Foundation has worked with generous donors to make Out In Front New York possible, participants are being asked to invest in their participation as well and cover some of the costs.

What if I can’t afford tuition? Are there options for me?
Applicants are encouraged to fundraise or seek tuition assistance from their communities and employers as needed. Additionally, there is a limited amount of scholarships available for those who qualify. For more information, please contact Program Manager, Jarrett Lucas, at 212-367-1156 or jarrett.lucas@stonewallfoundation.org.

Where will Out In Front New York take place?
Training sessions will be held in various locations throughout Manhattan. Participants should be prepared to make travel arrangements and adjust their schedules so that they can attend each session for its entirety. If you have any questions or special accessibility needs, please contact Jarrett Lucas at 212-367-1156 or jarrett.lucas@stonewallfoundation.org.

Can I apply if I don’t live in New York?
As a program of the Stonewall Community Foundation, Out In Front New York seeks to strengthen the LGBTQ community in New York City. Even still, as long as you are prepared to come to New York for trainings and engage the local community, you are welcome to apply. Preference, however, will be giving to applicants from the five boroughs of New York and the surrounding suburbs, including some areas of New Jersey.

I am a community leader. How can I help?
To learn how you can be involved with Out In Front New York, please contact Program Manager, Jarrett Lucas, at 212-367-1156 or jarrett.lucas@stonewallfoundation.org.

What is the time commitment to participate?
Participating in Out In Front New York involves a fairly decent time commitment including four six-hour training sessions and assignments and readings between session. It is comparable to a typical nonprofit board commitment of attending regular meetings and doing supplementary work in between those. If you apply, you should be prepared to prioritize a few hours per week outside of sessions for Out In Front New York.

What is the Stonewall Community Foundation?
Stonewall was begun as a collection of advised funds and endowments by like-minded donors concerned about creating a vibrant and healthy lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Today, Stonewall is a full service community foundation seeking the participation of everyone interested in bettering the LGBTQ community.

Since 1990, the foundation has distributed more than $16 million in grants. Grantmaking from Stonewall’s general fund concentrates on the needs of organizations in the five boroughs of New York, while donor-advised funds support a variety of organizations locally and throughout the country.

Stonewall supporters envision a community of shared resources where donors, funders and organizations work together, joined by a commitment to strengthen one another. Stonewall is dedicated to increasing charitable giving within the community today while building a strong endowment for tomorrow.

What is the Stonewall Institute?
The Stonewall Institute was created as a community-wide resource for donors, volunteer leaders and non-profit staff to share ideas and learn new skills.

Through the Stonewall Institute, we’re working to create “learning communities”, wherein resources and knowledge are shared for the benefit of all. And, we’re doing it through practical and cost-effective initiatives.