emergingleadersCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time is running out for young leaders to apply to the Human Rights Campaign’s North Carolina Emerging Leaders Program, a revamped program meant to build leadership in LGBT young adults ages 18-25 across the Carolinas.

The new program kicks off with a two-day seminar Feb. 22-23 along with free admission to this year’s HRC Carolina Gala on Feb. 23 in Charlotte. The seminar will focus on identifying “key competencies of leadership.” Young adults will also have the opportunity to meet local and national LGBT leaders and volunteer with gala preparations.

Thirty young adults are being accepted into the Emerging Leaders’ 2014 class.

“Time Out Youth Center is proud to partner with HRC on this state-wide leadership summit to support LGBT young adults in the Carolinas,” Rodney Tucker, Time Out Youth Center executive director, said in a release. “Identifying social justice, activism and leadership is key to educating a generation of new leaders for equality — and the summit will do just that. We are excited for the year-long expanded program in partnership with the Center’s leadership program.”

The program will also include a new year-long component, in conjunction with Time Out Youth Center. The 12-month program will include quarterly leadership programs and additional volunteer opportunities. HRC and Time Out Youth Center will share in providing the program’s curriculum and supervision.

“Nationally, HRC is becoming more involved with youth issues. With our history with developing the Emerging Leaders program, we are proud to expand the program and partner locally,” Dan Mauney, a member of the HRC Board of Governors, said in a release. “HRC is hosting its first national youth conference, Time To Thrive. We believe in creating the next wave of LGBTQ leaders locally and have a renewed commitment to this project.”

Click here to access an application, which must be returned by Friday, Feb. 7.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.