Leadership Development Program

The MHSA Leadership Development Program (LDP) prepares participants who have experienced homelessness to strengthen their skills as advocates and leaders. Encouraging participants to reflect on homelessness in a social justice framework, the LDP trains participants to share their personal stories to forge connections with a diverse range of community members and stakeholders. We believe that individuals who have had direct experiences with homelessness should be leading voices in efforts to end homelessness through permanent housing solutions.

LDP workshops cover four main skill areas:

  • Storytelling
  • Social Justice Education
  • Nonprofit Management and Policy
  • Personal Communication and Presentation

Students also hear from guest lecturers who have expertise in fields related to homelessness and advocacy. Throughout the LDP, sessions focus on strengthening participants’ communication and networking skills. Our goal for the program is for currently and formerly homeless individuals to gain knowledge and skills that will assist them in serving on a nonprofit board of directors or engaging in advocacy to end homelessness in their communities.

During Fiscal Year 2016, LDP courses focused on topics including social justice, storytelling, advocacy, and community organizing.

For more information about the Leadership Development Program, contact us at speakersbureau@mhsa.net or 617-367-6447.