Developing Leaders Program

2018-2019 Developing Leaders Program Cohort

2018-2019 Developing Leaders Program Cohort



The Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C. (PPMW) Developing Leaders Program (DLP) is a customized, non-partisan, 9-month long program led by volunteers for young professionals who are passionate about and want to be effective leaders for reproductive health, choice, and justice. Launched in 2013, DLP has already trained over 220 rising leaders with the goal of strengthening the pipeline with local advocates, allies, and supporters that PPMW and the reproductive rights movement can call on.

Through monthly trainings and skill-building activities, DLP offers participants the opportunity to become informed change-agents for reproductive justice. Participants have the opportunity to learn from experts and peers alike in the program. They will also have the opportunity to be involved with PPMW’s advocacy, outreach, fundraising, education, and volunteer work, and support the efforts of the Planned Parenthood Advocates of DC, Maryland and NoVa.

This program is great for people interested in careers in reproductive health, however, that is not a requirement. This program provides an opportunity for those looking to jump into reproductive health, or others who would like to strengthen their general advocacy experience.

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are now live!

Orientation — Participants kick-off the program year with a mandatory one-day introductory meeting on Sunday where they will have the opportunity to connect with cohort members and PPMW leaders through both structured activities and informal discussions.

Education — Participants learn from expert faculty about sexual and reproductive health policy and activism, health center operations, the biology of reproductive health, contraception and abortion through a series of presentations during the monthly trainings.

Group Projects — Participants will work on projects that help PPMW’s reach our fundraising goals in addition to the monthly meetings, public affairs, education, or volunteer services objectives.

Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the program.


- Strong passion for reproductive freedom, health, and justice
- Young professionals (25+)
- Willingness to give or raise $300 minimum and a $40 program deposit
- Volunteer at 3-4 PPMW events
- Must attend the orientation, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 8, 2019.

-Must also attend 80% of monthly meetings to be held on the third Wednesday of the month from September to May for two hours
- Additional, non-mandatory meetings and social activities will be scheduled throughout the year.
- Must pass a background check

On average cohort members can anticipate committing 4-7 hours a month on DLP.

The success of the program relies on bringing together a diverse group of people. Individuals from all backgrounds, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, as well as parents are encouraged to apply. All are welcome, whether working in reproductive rights or not.

Accessibility: PPMW is wheelchair accessible, and can provide ASL interpreters upon request.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cohort. Please check back next year.

If you require access to the application in an alternate format please email us at

DLP provided me with not only lifelong friends but a community that I couldn’t find anywhere else and an opportunity to learn for myself so that I could advocate for others.
— Kara, DLP Class of 2018-2019
DLP’s laid the foundation for my personal and professional career as an advocate. It gave me the tools to be a stronger and more capable advocate for reproductive justice and a supportive community of like-minded allies.
— Catherine, DLP Class of 2016-2017