Young Adult Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)
"Leadership is not about the next election, it's about the next generation." Simon Sinek
SAGE is a Portland-based nonprofit inspiring people over fifty to give forward with their time, money and voice to enable younger and future generations to thrive. SAGE’s LAB serves as an intergenerational bridge to advance solutions to challenges facing coming generations.
We are seeking candidates to join the LAB for the Portland Metro Area. As a participant in the program (LAB Leader), you will identify and advance intergenerational solutions to challenges facing our shared future.
Your application to join the LAB is due by 11:59 pm (Pacific) on Monday, February 20, 2017. We are looking for a diverse group of Leaders ages 17 to 30. Read more and apply through the form below.
What does the LAB do?
We nurture a healthy and prosperous future through intergenerational teams that:
1. Help identify and prioritize the challenges facing our shared future;
2. Confront these challenges through intergenerational action; and
3. Create an enduring culture of activism and civic duty in young and older adults, and inspire them to volunteer in efforts prioritized by the LAB.
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.
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 members by engaging them in decision-making processes, and developing their leadership skills.
Activism: SAGE helps LAB members 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 member 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 make a lasting impact by finding intergenerational solutions to challenges faced by younger and future generations. They connect with new communities of practice through SAGE’s linkages to diverse groups and partners and they demonstrate leadership and advance scholarship or career by developing a personal action plan and networking with other leaders. LAB Leader Responsibilities.
What is my commitment?
*Serve approximately 10 hours per month on the LAB.
*Major activities include meeting preparation and participation, committee work, and making progress on your personal goals.
*Participate fully and constructively in discussions, and encourage others to do the same.
*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.
Starting April 5, the LAB meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-7pm in downtown Portland.
LAB Leadership Team
Kristen Grauer, Co-Chair
Program Manager, Partners in Diversity, Portland Business Alliance
Kristen joined the LAB because she believes in the power of intergenerational work to address challenges facing the future. In addition to serving on the LAB, Kristen serves as Program Manager at Partners in Diversity, a nonprofit that seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. She also volunteers with the Grauer Back-to-School Project, a nonprofit organization that prepares immigrant and refugee families in Southwest Portland for the academic year. She holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Marketing and Hispanic Studies.
James Ellsworth, Co-Chair
Engagement Organizer, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
James serves on the LAB to engage both younger and older adults in civic service and advocacy. While serving on the LAB, he also works as the Engagement Organizer for OLCV, a nonprofit that works to pass laws that protect Oregon’s environmental legacy. Born and raised in Oregon, James has lived in all parts of the state, enjoying the amazing natural wonders Oregon has to offer. He holds a B.S. from Southern Oregon University, majoring in Environmental Studies. While at SOU, he was the director of environmental affairs with the student government and played a leading role in the team that developed a new on campus sustainability center.
Lori J. Davidson, LAB Board Liaison and LAB Godmother
SAGE Board Member
Lori recruited the co-chairs, co-developed the LAB, and serves as the LAB-SAGE Board Liaison because she believes people from different generations energize one another to discover new ways to understand the world and do great things. Lori is a marketing professional with thirty years of experience in business and non profit leadership, marketing strategy and nonprofit communications. She recently served as the Marketing Director for the Northwest Earth Institute. She also served as Marketing Director at Intel Corp for fifteen years, and as a Senior Director for National Fundraising for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA in marketing from Santa Clara University.