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What’s in it for Participants?

Dear Leader,

The challenges that urban communities face are staggering, yet we know the Gospel has the power to change lives. In fact, the Gospel changes everything. But change must be introduced. We believe you, the change agent, are the best conduit for change, engaging community right where you live. Washington Initiative for Leaders (WIL) provides strategies and a model to address how to minister to urban youth, families, and individuals while combating issues such as fatherlessness, incarceration, teen pregnancy, broken families, homelessness, human trafficking, gangs, drugs, and other social ills we face.

What’s the purpose of WIL?

WIL, in partnership with Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL), is an off-shoot of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (DVULI). WIL is grounded in the belief that by investing in emerging urban leaders who are adults (people with demonstrated potential for effective organizational leadership) our urban youth and families will be blessed. WIL invests in emerging leaders by helping them expand or develop certain core values and some “breakthrough” skills and plans. This process will help them plan and implement their call/purpose more effectively to youth, families, and the churches or organizations through which they serve.

Why should you be involved?

WIL presents a great opportunity to invest in emerging urban leaders. It addresses the whole person, from their work to community to personal life. We believe that you are a key asset within the community. WIL is a serious attempt to be a blessing to leaders like you. From that kind of base, our prayer is that participants will be able to lead youth and families in making better, long-term, life-changing decisions for themselves. We also hope that our churches and organizations will become more fruitful places for youth and families as they work out these life-changing decisions. That hope and excitement is why WIL exists.

How will participants develop these values, skills and plans?

Development will occur through a mix of networking among participants and WIL trainers, mentors, educational offerings, and the identification and implementation of plans for the future.

What’s the time commitment for WIL participants?

WIL is an intense program spanning over 10 months. Attendance at each Workshop is mandatory. Each participant is also assigned a mentor who is a WIL or DVULI graduate and is asked to meet with him or her each month. You will want to make sure you can commit to these trainings. Participants should plan on investing 10-15 hours each month on trainings, pre-assignments, and mentor meetings. Again, participation requires full attendance at these events.

Are there costs to participants/ministries?

Yes, if accepted, each participant will pay a $500 participation fee. There will be three payment options available:

  • Participant fee can be paid in full
  • Monthly Installments ($50.00 per month)
  • Participants can make (2) lump sum payments

So what are my next steps?

If you want to apply to be a WIL participant, please pray, talk with your ministry or organization leader and then complete the WIL Adult Program Application. Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted for a short ‘interview’ to get to know each other. A group of 10-12 participants will be chosen for the program – all applications must be completed by July 20th, 2017.

Spiritual Mandate:
“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” — Matthew 22:37-38