Who We Are
The Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF), which is a part of Leadership Foundations and one of 48 local leadership foundations, exists to encourage, develop and strengthen leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city. We envision Tacoma as a good place to grow up in and a good place to grow old in. As a city that fulfills scripture- where old men and women move safely around the community; girls and boys fill public parks, laughing and playing.
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What We Do
Northwest Leadership Foundation discovers, develops & deploys a new generation of leaders and citizens for lasting, positive change within the city. We find talented individuals in overlooked places with undeveloped leadership potential. We do this by tackling difficult problems and creating effective solutions and we develop this potential through collaborative, individually focused programs.
When We Started
In 1989 a group of faith leaders in Seattle began a series of conversations asking: do our leaders reflect the diversity of the community; are these leaders equipped to tackle complex trends and entrenched social issues in collaboration and compassion; and how will the leaders of our community continue to be trained and nurtured? Subsequently, the Northwest Leadership Foundation was established in an attempt to respond to those questions. As a faith-based, nonprofit organization, NLF continues to respond to the needs of leaders 25 years later.
Over the past ten years, in partnership with five liberal-arts colleges in the Northwest, Act Six has equipped and sent over 385 underrepresented to students to college with over an 84% graduation/retention rate (Washington State private colleges 4 year graduation rate is 41%). Over 84.5% of our alumni return to the Northwest.
Proteen is leading Tacoma’s response to a comprehensive gang reduction strategy. Our street outreach workers serve as mentor, case manager, academic assistance and advocacy and family mediator for gang-involved youth to encourage them to make positive behavioral changes, detach from gang activity and transition into mainstream society. We have linked 100’s of these high opportunity youth to services such as mental health, housing, pro-social activities, and education resources to ensure their success.
In 2012-13, the Urban Leaders in Training team of 25 emerging leaders served a total of 3,728 clients, recruited over 1400 volunteers and served at 14 different sites across Tacoma. Of the 25 young adults on our 2012-13 team, 48% began full time jobs after completion, 32% went on to Graduate School and 20% returned for a second year with ULT.