Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)
SAGE’s LAB serves as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing coming generations.
“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.”
SAGE’s young adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) serves as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing younger and future generations. Our team of young leaders meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 pm in downtown Portland.
The LAB reviews new candidates on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are looking for a diverse group of young Leaders and younger generations (i.e. Millennials and Gen Z). Read more about the LAB below, and apply through our LAB Application Form.
Download our LAB Biographies to learn more about our LAB Leaders.
What does the LAB do?
We serve as an intergenerational bridge and advance our mission by:
- Identifying and prioritizing challenges facing our shared future;
- Confronting challenges through intergenerational action; and
- Creating an enduring culture of activism and civic duty in young and older adults, and inspiring people to volunteer in our communities.
What will I do as a LAB Leader?
Together with other LAB Leaders, you will prioritize challenges facing younger and future generations, and identify specific projects or solutions that could be advanced through intergenerational action. You will work with SAGE programming such as the Legacy Fellowship or Connections or launch something new to really make a difference.
In Year 1, the LAB developed nine compelling project ideas for SAGE’s Legacy Fellowship program. LAB Leaders view these ideas as a conversation starter to expand and develop upon. In many cases, LAB Leaders consulted with nonprofit partners to develop these projects. Notably, the LAB also applied their own Equity Lens to identify projects to help our most vulnerable communities.
In Year 2, the LAB developed a survey to gather data from other young leaders about the initiatives and obstacles most important to emerging generations.
In year 3, the LAB began to work more closely with SAGE by participating in SAGE committees and work groups and by providing advice to SAGE’s staff and Board.
Benefits to LAB Leaders
Participants receive a leadership opportunity to engage others in service and advocacy roles benefiting younger and future generations, and a path to action on causes important to them. Specifically:
- Leadership Training: SAGE offers leadership training to LAB Leaders by engaging them in decision-making processes, and developing their leadership skills.
- Activism: SAGE helps LAB Leaders clarify and affirm some of the ways that they can address the causes most important to them by working with SAGE.
- Advocacy: SAGE members may be more excited to volunteer/advocate alongside a LAB Leader because both parties would know one another through SAGE.
- Mentorship: SAGE members may be able to mentor a LAB Leader, offering real life experience in activism and soft skill development.
Why should I apply for a LAB Leader position?
LAB Leaders pursue intergenerational solutions to challenges faced by younger and future generations. They connect with new people through SAGE and its partners. By working with SAGE, Leaders can also develop their leadership skills and advance their education and career.
LAB Leader Responsibilities
What is my commitment?
- Serve approximately 10 hours per month on the LAB.
- Major activities include meeting preparation and participation and making progress on your personal goals.
- Participate fully and constructively in discussions, and encourage others to do the same. Depending on your interests and availability, you are also encouraged to serve on a LAB or SAGE Committee or Work Group.
- Serve as an Ambassador for SAGE and the LAB, and foster a positive working relationship between peer leaders, SAGE and the community.
- We seek Leaders who can serve for at least 18 months, however we realize life can be unpredictable and will work with you if you have some constraints.