Emerging Leaders
Recruitment is underway for Spring 2023!

 Please submit your application as soon as possible, as spots fill up quickly.

About the Program

Emerging Leaders is a rigorous, eight week leadership training program for individuals who have experienced homelessness and are ready to take their advocacy to the next level.

Lived experience of homelessness includes: living in a vehicle or encampment, couch surfing, staying in shelters, and many other crisis situations directly related to housing stability. Applicants do not need any other type of experience to be a competitive applicant in the Emerging Leaders Program! We welcome both experienced advocates wanting to build on their knowledge of the system and those who are just starting starting out.

How It Works

Each cohort is limited to 15 individuals to promote genuine coalition building. Cohorts meet virtually once a week for in-depth skill-building and leadership development tailored to the issue of ending and preventing homelessness in Alameda County.  
Participants learn about public speaking and personal narratives; civic and community partnerships; existing funding streams and solutions to homelessness; the history of housing as a civil rights issue; and the current challenges we face as a community. 
Graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program are equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently serve on boards, committees, and action groups throughout the Alameda County homelessness crisis response system. What’s more, they belong to a robust network of alumni, peers and mentors who share their commitment to ending homelessness. 

Who It's For

The Emerging Leaders Program accepts applications from anyone in Alameda County who has experienced homelessness. All ages, identities, and backgrounds are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online by visiting everyonehome.org/leaders!

Due to very limited space, not all who apply are able to participate in the program. We prioritize applications that are complete, and provide at least a few thoughtful sentences to each short answer prompt. 

Multiple cohorts are convened throughout the year, and admissions are held on a rolling basis. Once capacity for the upcoming cohort is reached, other applications will be kept on file for future rounds of the program. 

Support and Accessibility: Participants are compensated $25 an hour. Additional support is available to cover costs associated with technology, child care, transportation, and other potential barriers.


Questions about the Emerging Leaders Program can be sent to info@everyonehome.org, and a staff member will be in touch. Thank you for your interest!