The Junior League of Tulsa is giving its members the opportunity to learn how to become active, productive, and effective members of a nonprofit’s Board of Directors. The Board Fellows Program trains League Members with a dual approach that includes a year of classroom training by community leaders and another year of hands-on training with each participant serving as an intern with a Tulsa area nonprofit Board of Directors.
The community leaders who work with the Board Fellows program address topics such as responsibilities, governance and legal duties, financial planning and budgeting, fund development, and many more. These topics lay the groundwork for what members will need to do to be effective board members.
Elaina Osteen, who now serves as Financial Council VP, participated in the 2017-18 Board Fellows class. “The Junior League of Tulsa Board Fellows Program gave me the opportunity to gain important information regarding how non-profit boards function in our community and to explore what sitting on an active, hard-working non-profit board is like through my Board Fellows Internship.” She continued, “I believe this two-year program made me a stronger volunteer leader because I now have a knowledge base of how a non-profit Board of Directors can work effectively to improve the community. I’ve already applied what I’ve learned to the way I lead my JLT Council Meetings and to how I participate in JLT Board Meetings.” Osteen now feels confident to seek out and accept non-profit board positions.
There are currently five League members in the Board Fellows program. Interns previously served on boards for Restore Hope Ministries, The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab, Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS), YWCA Tulsa, and Resonance.