Stand-to Veteran Leadership Program
Application Process, Program Details, and Logistics
Throughout the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program (VLP), participants will hear from a variety of nationally known and distinguished professionals, educators, and experts in veteran and military family transition issues.
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For each accepted participant, Stand-To VLP will be a five-month commitment, which will commence in June and conclude in October.
Module One: Opening Week
June 18-21, 2019
July 17-19, 2019
August 13-16, 2019
September 12–14, 2019
Module Five: Capstone
October 10-12, 2019
The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders from across the country can participate in this program at no cost. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by generous contributions from program partners and funders.
How to Apply
Applications for the inaugural class are open now through January 15, 2019.
Stand-To VLP targets rising leaders (active duty military service members, veterans, and civilians) from a wide range of sectors who are working to improve outcomes for veterans and military families through professional and/or community engagement. Candidates are likely to hold a variety of roles including board member or leader of a veteran-serving non-profit, a funder or corporate leader engaged in veteran-specific initiatives, as well as those serving in all levels of government.
Participants most successful in the program share certain personal characteristics:
- Socially Minded – Participants are service-oriented and passionate about the actions they take to improve veteran outcomes.
- Eager to Receive Feedback – Participants willingly seek, humbly accept, and actively respond to feedback.
- Accepting of Diverse Points of View – Participants welcome opportunities to interact with and learn from others with different backgrounds or perspectives.
- Experienced Professionals – Participants are accomplished professionals who have a breadth and depth of professional experience. Though “quality” is not easily measured in time, the majority of participants have 5+ years of professional experience that is outcome-oriented and are at a point in their careers where their participation in VLP will be felt for many years to come.
- Demonstrated Leadership – Participants are interested in building on their established record of meaningful leadership and do not see VLP as an introductory course on leadership.
- In Positions of Influence – Participants are expected to take action and make change in their communities or organizations, so they must have an opportunity to effect change.
- Committed to the Program – VLP is rigorous and intense. Over the course of the five-month program, participants are required to be onsite at modules for approximately 20 days and spend 50+ hours on pre- and post-module assignments.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Candidates will be assessed by their application submission, recommendations, and essays. After review, select candidates will then be invited to participate in final interviews. Interviews will be conducted in February 2019 and final acceptance notifications will be distributed in April 2019.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How often will I be required to travel and how many days of work will I miss?
A: Stand-To VLP requires a five-month commitment. During that time, participants meet for a four-day opening module, which is followed by three days of meeting per month. The program concludes with a four-day module. Please see the program schedule for required dates.
Please note that some participants may need to travel the day before a module begins in order to arrive in time for the start of the session. Stand-To VLP was designed so that participants could remain in their jobs while in the program, but we encourage you to discuss the opportunity with your employer and ensure their support for the schedule that is required of accepted participants.
Q: I have a conflict with one of the scheduled module dates. Can I still participate?
A: Participants are expected to participate in all scheduled program events in their entirety throughout the duration of the five-month program.
Q: Is there an application fee?
Q: What is the cost to attend?
A: The Bush Institute is committed to ensuring that leaders in this field and from across the country can participate in this program at no cost. Tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by contributions from program partners and funders.
Q: Are there travel costs that are not covered?
A: Participants are responsible for the costs of transportation to and from the airport and airport parking in the participant’s home city. Meals outside of the module (while traveling, before or after the module, etc.) are not covered. Each participant is also expected to provide a credit card for incidental charges at each hotel.
Q: Can I receive college credit hours?
A: This leadership development program does not qualify for college credit.
Q: Is this an accredited program?
A: This program is for leadership development and is not overseen by an accrediting body.
Q: What commitments are expected of alumni?
A: Alumni are expected to remain involved in the program through a variety of ways. This includes recruiting and mentoring new participants, sharing leadership experiences with new classes, and participating in follow-up interviews and surveys to measure program outcomes. Alumni will also be encouraged to stay connected with each other, and provide valued support to the projects and initiatives pursued after their time in the program.
Q: I’m interested in Stand-To VLP, but can’t attend this year. How can I receive information about the program in the future?
A: Sign up to receive future program notifications and updates.
Q: Is there an age minimum or maximum for participants?
A: Ideal candidates will have 5+ years of professional experience. While there is no maximum age, participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in Stand-To VLP will be able to be put into practice for many years to come.
Q: If I have less than five years of experience, can I still apply?
A: Exceptionally qualified candidates with less than five years of experience will be considered for this program.
Q: I’m an American citizen living overseas. Am I still eligible to participate?
A: Yes, however, selected participants will be responsible for their international air transportation to the United States in preparation for each Module. As with all participants, tuition, housing, meals, and travel during the modules are fully funded by contributions from program partners and funders.
Q: Is a college degree necessary to qualify for consideration?
A: No, but participants are expected to be at a point in their careers where their participation in Stand-To VLP will be able to be put into practice for many years to come.
Q: Do I need to be an active duty military service member or a veteran to apply?
A: No. Civilians, active duty military service members, and veterans who are working to advance veteran outcomes are all encouraged to apply.
Q: Can I nominate a participant for consideration?
A: Applications are open to anyone. While nominations are not accepted, please share information of the program with candidates you believe are well qualified. Interested applicants can join the mailing list to receive more information about the program.