InReach Junior Board Program.

Junior Board Statement

The InReach Junior Board is a group of young professionals committed to supporting InReach’s critical work through app support, fundraising, and professional development.

Junior Board Vision Statement

Our goal is to build a national movement and mobilize thousands of young professionals across the United States to serve as ambassadors in their communities for the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people facing discrimination and persecution with safe, verified resources.

Program Success Stories

Slavi Arnaudov

Years Served on Junior Board

2022 (Co-Chair), 2021 (Co-Chair)

Company

The Blackstone Group 

Successes

Leveraged his professional networks to nominate and pitch InReach for the 2022 Blackstone Gives Back Challenge, unlocking $50,000 in funding that InReach would not otherwise have access to; Elected to the 2023 Governing Board of Directors for his outstanding performance on the Junior Board 

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As a gay immigrant from Bulgaria going through the U.S. immigration system for the past 10 years, I have experienced first-hand the difficulties of being an LGBTQ+ immigrant in this country. InReach’s tech platform offers vital help many LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution need to be safe.

Tanushree Khan

Years Served on Junior Board

2022 (Co-Chair), 2021  

Company

PwC 

Successes

Played a leading role in organizing the Junior Board’s fundraising events, including the 2022 board’s NYC Drag Queen Bingo event resulting in ~$5k raised; Leveraged company connections to unlock corporate matching opportunities and recruit new Junior Board members; Elected to the 2023 Governing Board of Directors for her outstanding performance on the Junior Board 

Christina Tong

Years Served on Junior Board

2021 

Company

Peloton; ex-Google 

Successes

Tapped networks to fundraise over $10,000 during her first year on the Junior Board; Joined the InReach Ambassador Network after using the free InReach App during her time as a crisis counselor volunteer for LGBTQ+ youth; Elected to the 2022 Governing Board of Directors for her outstanding performance on the Junior Board & elected as the 2023 Board Chair for her continued strong performance and demonstrated investment in the organization 

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I decided to join because the mission to connect LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution to verified resources is a pressing need that I hear often from youth in crisis in my capacity as a volunteer with The Trevor Project. As a former Product Manager on the team that connects merchants to consumers on Google Maps, I’m also convinced that there’s a real solutions gap here – there’s nobody else doing this kind of tailored, high precision vetting. The Junior Board has been a great way for me to tangibly support this mission, meet a community of like-minded young professionals, and learn more about the nonprofit space.”

The InReach Junior Board has an auxiliary working board format.

The focus of the Junior Board’s activities fit into three categories: 

  1. App Support – members directly contribute to advancing the free InReach App as Local Community Reviewers or via coding support (*available to engineers). 
  2. Fundraising – members organize in-person and virtual fundraising events, as well as help to power InReach’s mission via fulfilling a $1,000 annual membership dues requirement.
  3. Professional Development – members will hear from remote guest speakers, develop new skills through participation in committees, and gain access to a nationwide network of young professionals passionate about LGBTQ+ and trans rights, refugee rights and technology for social good.

2023 JUNIOR BOARD PROGRAM

The 2023 Junior Board program will use a hybrid model of virtual programming, with in-person regional meet-ups throughout the year. 2023 Junior Board members will choose from 5 regional chapters:

  • Tri-State Area Regional Chapter (launching in January 2023; rolling admissions for new members) – open to young professionals living in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania
  • Virtual Chapter (launching in January 2023; rolling admissions for new members) – this chapter is open to young professionals living anywhere in the United States and offers a 100% remote option
  • Great Lakes Regional Chapter (launching in July 2023; currently accepting applications) – open to young professionals living in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana or Minnesota
  • West Coast Regional Chapter (launching in July 2023; currently accepting applications)– open to young professionals living in California
  • National Capital Regional Chapter (launching in July 2023; currently accepting applications) – open to young professionals living in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, or West Virginia

*Note: During 2023, the InReach Junior Board Board will be expanding to include a 100% virtual chapter and four regional hybrid in-person/remote chapters. The Tri-State Chapter and the Virtual Chapter will launch in January 2023. The West Coast, Great Lakes, and National Capital regional chapters will launch in July 2023 to continue to expand our presence across the United States. 

Junior Board Program Highlights (2020 - 2022)

See below for highlights from our Junior Board Program. The program began in 2020 in New York City. 

Membership

40+ young professionals across the United States (remote)

Demographics: 

  • LGBTQ+: 88%
  • BIPOC: 53%
  • Immigrants: 33%
  • Women: 33%
Over 40% of 2021 Junior Board renewed membership for 2022

Sample employers include:

Fundraising

To-date, the Junior Board has raised over $186,000 from:

  • Membership Dues
  • Corporate Giving
  • Fundraisers

Programming

  • Launched special interest committees: Steering; Fundraising; Tech; Marketing; Recruitment; Learning & Development; Social
  • Organized virtual “Lunch & Learn” sessions at Adobe, Jones Day, BBR Partners, PwC, Petal and tapped into corporate giving
  • Hired full-time Program Director to oversee 2022 program and the transition to a new regional chapter membership model in 2023

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Who Are We Looking For?

Junior Board Membership Requirements

  • Open to young professionals ages 21 to 40 years old
  • Currently living in the United States
  • Available to attend remote monthly meetings via Zoom
    • *All Junior Board members are required to attend at least six of the remote monthly general membership meetings
  • Meet (or exceed) the $1,000 annual membership dues requirement
    • *e.g., Members have the option to make 2 payments of $500 (January & June) or 10 monthly payments of $100 (January – October)
  • Passionate about LGBTQ+ and refugee rights

Junior Board Time Commitment 

  • Our Junior Board members commit ~3-5 hours per month to InReach 
  • All Junior Board members attend monthly remote general membership meetings via Zoom (~1 hour per meeting)
  • Junior Board members who choose to join 1-2 special interest committee(s) also attend supplementary committee meetings

Why Should You Join Us?

  1. Build your professional network: Opportunity to join a diverse online coalition of peers located across the United States who are passionate about LGBTQ+ and trans rights, immigrant justice and belonging, and leveraging the power of technology for social good via monthly meetings, special interest committee collaboration, and social events throughout the year.
  2. Accelerate your professional & knowledge development: Gain access to distinguished guest speakers on relevant topics such as LGBTQ+ rights, U.S. immigration law and policy, diversity, equity and inclusion in business, use cases of technology for social justice & more. And hone your professional skills – including fundraising, recruiting/interviewing, coding, event planning and project management.
  3. Receive recognition for your service: Names, job titles and employers, and pictures listed on InReach’s website and Junior Board marketing materials.
  4. Make a meaningful difference: Help attract the financial and in-kind resources necessary to advance the InReach App, the world’s first tech platform matching LGBTQ+ people facing persecution and discrimination with safe, verified resources.

Hear From Past Junior Board Members

Michael Leonetti

Second Year Law Student at NYU Law School

2020 & 2021 member

“I joined the Junior Board because I wanted to fundraise to support InReach’s innovative mission and meet other people passionate about queer asylum and migrant justice. I decided to return because I’ve come to see the JB as both a wonderful social community and professional network. I believe in InReach’s work and love being able to support it while learning from the other JB members and our monthly guest speakers.”

Kelly Chan

Technical Program Manager at DoubleVerify

2022 member

“I joined the Junior Board for the opportunity to share my skills and network with a group of passionate people helping our community. Being on the Tech Committee, I’ve learned so much about how the InReach platform works from the backend and am excited to help it grow to serve a wider population.”

Will Sheehan

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow at Safe Passage Project

2021 Learning & Development Committee Director

“I have gained a lens into the importance of InReach through my work in various internships and now as an attorney working with LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution. There is so much misinformation around immigration, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and there are entities actively preying on vulnerable people, making it critical to provide a platform to connect people to vetted resources. I joined the Junior Board to network with professionals all over the country and to collaborate with them on contributing to InReach’s mission. As the Learning & Development Committee Director, I hope to spread correct information, inspire conversations, and connect Junior Board Members to illustrious professionals who are working hard to support and contribute to the success of various communities.”

Information For Companies/Employers

As an employer, you are encouraged to share the InReach Junior Board Program with young professionals at your company (the program is open to young professionals ages 21-40, located anywhere in the U.S.). Our program offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to engage in meaningful service, grow their professional network, and develop key competencies to help prepare for future career success.

Our Junior Board Program also offers a great way for your company to showcase your employees’ deep commitment to service, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

We are especially interested in adding new young professionals to our Junior Board Program from the following industries:

  • Tech  our Junior Board Program has had young professionals from Meta, Google, Adobe, & more
  • Consulting – our Junior Board Program has had young professionals from PwC, Accenture, EY-Parthenon, Deloitte, Kearney, & more
  • Financial Services – our Junior Board Program has had young professionals from Blackstone, Macquarie Group, Petal, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, American Express, Capital One, Novantas, Evercore, & more
  • Corporate Law – our Junior Board Program has had young professionals from Jones Day, Blank Rome LLP, Levy Konigsberg LLP, & more
  • Media – our Junior Board Program has had young professionals from Dow Jones, Shutterstock, Ipsos, & more

Upcoming Remote Information Sessions

If you are interested in an upcoming remote information session, please fill out the form below:

Become a Junior Board 2023 Sponsor

There are many ways for companies to partner with InReach, including sponsoring the Junior Board program. Financial commitment levels ranging from $5k to $100k+ are available. For more information, see InReach’s 2023 Corporate & Brand/Artist Partnership Guide, or contact Myron Day, InReach Development Director, to schedule a time to discuss options. 

THE 2023 APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ROLLING. APPLY NOW!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We’re currently accepting applications for the 2023 Junior Board Program! Submit our 2023 Junior Board application here for consideration. 

The 2023 application deadline is rolling.

During 2023, the InReach Junior Board Board will be expanding to include a 100% virtual chapter and four regional hybrid in-person/remote chapters. The Tri-State Chapter and the Virtual Chapter will launch in January 2023. The West Coast, Great Lakes, and National Capital regional chapters will launch in July 2023 to continue to expand our presence across the United States. 

InReach is currently accepting applications for all 2023 chapters. 

All Junior Board members commit to meeting (or exceeding) a $1,000 annual membership dues requirement. InReach Junior Board members are asked to choose from payment options in order to fulfill this annual dues requirement. 

For more information, see our 2023 annual membership dues handout here

Making a tax-deductible donation to InReach is easy. Sample donation methods include:

Donate online directly with PayPal Giving Fund 

Donate online directly via InReach’s “Donate” page

Start an online peer-to-peer fundraiser 

  • Use this link to create and personalize a new fundraising page. Then share your page with friends and family, and across social media!  
  • You can also create a Facebook fundraiser to benefit InReach via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/fund/weareinreach 

Absolutely! Junior Board members are encouraged to leverage their employer’s matching funds, “dollars for doers” program and/or professional development fund when possible.

No, the Junior Board is distinct from the InReach governing board of directors.

The InReach governing board plays a pivotal role in developing InReach’s strategic direction and providing critical oversight (governance & legal compliance).

In contrast, the InReach Junior Board is an auxiliary working board specifically for U.S.-based young professionals (ages 21-40) who are committed to supporting InReach’s critical work through (1) app support (2) fundraising, and (3) professional development. Junior Board members may be considered for future appointment to the InReach governing board of directors.

The InReach Junior Board currently offers the following special interest committees:

  • App Support: Coding 
  • App Support: Local Community Reviewers 
  • App Support: Translation
  • Fundraising
  • Learning & Development 

Junior Board members may choose to join 1 to 2 special interest committee(s) per year.

Unfortunately, the InReach Junior Board Program is currently only available to young professionals (ages 21-40) located in the United States.

Head over to the “Our Team” page and click on the “Junior Board” tab to learn more about our current membership.

Contact us for more information on our Junior Board Program.

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