APPLICANTS & APPLICATION PROCESS
Who should apply?
Successful PLN applicants will have a history of exercising leadership.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a collaborative personality,
entrepreneurial drive, self-awareness of their values, and an ability to articulate how
those values inform their work as community leaders.
Preference will be given to current residents of Pomona and to individuals who have
exercised leadership in Pomona.
Do I need professional leadership experience to apply?
While a formal title is not necessary, applicants should have experience taking the
initiative to try and improve their community – whether that be through their local
faith-based institution, school, neighborhood, or employer.
What qualifications should I have?
The Pomona Leadership Network is seeking a wide variety of diverse applicants.
What is the application process?
The Pomona Leadership Network
c/o The Pomona Community Foundation
101 W. Mission Blvd., Ste 110-201
Pomona, CA 91766
What does the application consist of?
The application for the PLN consists of a series of short questions to determine your
leadership experience and interest in various community topics, along with your
All application and submission instructions can be found on our website at
What if I don’t have a resume, or need help putting a resume together?
Please contact us! We can direct you to resources that will help you develop or
polish your resume. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How will participants be selected?
Applications will be reviewed by members of the Pomona Community Foundation.
Those who are selected to participate in the PLN program will be chosen on the
merits of their leadership experience, their potential, and their dedication to
improving their communities.
How many participants will be selected?
We are aiming to have a cohort of 14-20 participants during 2020 program.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
What will I gain from participating in the PLN?
PLN graduates will be inspired, informed and equipped to be leaders in Pomona.
Graduates will be more knowledgeable about community challenges and potential
Graduates will have increased capacity to engage with others in community problem
solving in order to affect positive change.
Graduates will have a greater sense of themselves, their leadership style and how
they want to contribute to their community.
Graduates will meet current leaders in Pomona, and will establish a strong network
with their cohort through the shared PLN connection.
What happens after I complete the PLN program?
The PLN program will culminate in a presentation of each group’s community project and a graduation ceremony.
After the PLN experience is complete, you will be a part of a strong local leadership network that will continue on long after your program has ended. It is our hope that building off their experience and connections made through the program PLN alumni will go on to formal leadership positions within their community and continue to be active and engaged members of the Pomona Leadership Network.
What happens after I complete the PLN program?
The PLN program will culminate in a presentation of each group’s community project
and a graduation ceremony.
After the PLN experience is complete, you will be a part of a strong local leadership
network that will continue on long after your program has ended. Further
collaboration on community projects, fundraising, and giving back to future PLN
cohorts in the form of mentorship are encouraged as program alumni. Current
program alumni include:
• Nora Garcia
• Nena Hernandez
• Tamela Hutchinson
• Christina Jimenez
• Darlene Johnson
• Juan Madrigal
• Nori Madrigal
• Lorena Márquez
• Victor Preciado
• Mary Prendergast
• Ion Puschila
• Marisol Ramirez
• Tom Rodriguez
• Megan C. Samaniego
• Regina Wang
When will PLN sessions be held?
Except for Orientation and Capstone Ceremony, which are day time events,
regular sessions will be held from 6pm to 7:30pm. Please see the full session
schedule by clicking here.
Successful applicants are expected to attend all sessions
with a maximum of 3 absences allowed in order to graduate from the program.
Attendance is required at both Orientation days and the Capstone Ceremony.
What are the sessions like?
The sessions are intended to be interactive and collaborative, with participants
involved in the very design and implementation of some sessions. Pre-reading is
often involved with each session. Participants are expected to collaborate with their
cohort outside of regular sessions to design one participant-led session.
What is the community project?
Over the course of the program participants will design and execute a community
project that will culminate with a final presentation at the end of the program.
This project will be designed and implemented by you and your fellow PLN
participants with the support of the program team and Pomona Community
Foundation board members. Teams of participants will pitch project ideas during
Completion of the community project will be expected to take place outside of the
group session times in order to maximize program benefits.
Where will PLN sessions be held?
All PLN sessions will take place in Pomona or a neighboring town. Please consider any necessary transportation arrangements that you will require over the course of the PLN program.
When are applications due for the 2020 program?
Applications are due at 11:59pm on Friday, November 15, 2019
When will you notify candidates of acceptance to the program?
We plan to notify successful applicants of their acceptance to the program by
December 15, 2019.
What are the start and end dates of the 2020 program?
Orientation is scheduled to take place on January 25 and 26, 2020.
Capstone is scheduled for September 17, 2020.
What happens if I cannot attend a session?
Consistent attendance and conscientious participation is an important requirement of
the PLN program. Successful applicants are expected to attend all sessions with a
maximum of 3 absences allowed in order to graduate from the program. Attendance
is required at both Orientation days and the Capstone Ceremony. Participants are
expected to make every effort to attend all program sessions and communicate with
program administrators about any special circumstances affecting their attendance.
Will the sessions be offered in languages other than English?
The 2020 program will be offered in English only. Future years may offer additional
languages as determined by the Board of the Pomona Community Foundation.
Are there any expenses I am responsible for?
members of the Board of the Pomona Community Foundation, tuition costs will be
covered for all participants of the 2020 program.
What is the Pomona Community Foundation?
The Pomona Community Foundation, or PCF, is a nonprofit, philanthropic
organization that aims to invest in the future of Pomona and cultivate community
leaders through directed philanthropy, collective impact, and civic engagement.
Who can I contact for more information?