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Leadership Shadowing Program

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply by Jan. 31, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT

The FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) was established in 2017 to develop FAPAC leaders who aspire to run for the National Board of Directors (NBOD). The LSP is a six-month program that runs from January to July during election years. The LSP is intended for eligible FAPAC Members to gain a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the FAPAC organization and prepare participants to run for a FAPAC Officer position or to serve as a Committee Chair.

Submit completed applications via online form or email ( by 5:00 pm ET on January 31, 2020.

Requirements for Successful Completion: 

LSP participants should commit a minimum of 50 hours over the course of the six-month program that includes:

  • Minimum 15 hours: One-on-One Mentoring/Shadowing with the FAPAC Elected Official
  • Minimum 15 hours: Workshop Activities with FAPAC Senior Leaders and Past FAPAC Leaders
  • Minimum 20 hours: Leadership Projects during the FAPAC 2020 NLTP in the areas of public speaking, preparing and writing reports, volunteering and practicing leadership skills through FAPC business and operational activities, etc.

About the Program

Who is the program for?

The LSP program is open to all active FAPAC members in good standing. This six-month program begins January to July 2020. This program prepares participants to gain a better understanding of FAPAC and run for a Officer position on the FAPAC National Board of Directors (NBOD). Any FAPAC member who desires to run for an election officer position for the upcoming election in July 2020 can participate in the LSP and be given the opportunity to experience and observe how the elected officers serves their members. Ideal candidates are high-performers, ambitious, visionaries, detail-oriented, inspiring, passionate about public service, and teachable.

How does this work?

Participants will observe and support current FAPAC Officers to gain first-hand knowledge of the responsibilities of the National Board of Directors (NBOD). Activities may include:

  • Selected members will start the shadowing program of their chosen Officers or Chairs; 
  • Officer/Chair will meet with the "participant" in January 2020 to start the process;
  • Participant will be responsible for coordinating the "shadowing" assignment;  
  • Participants and Elected Officials are responsible to make sure the required 50 hours is completed;
At the completion of the program, both elected Official and Participant will finalize the one-on-one meeting to discuss decision by the participant to run for officer or not (could be a volunteer for be a committee chair) be recognized by both parties, Completion of the program will be presented a certificate of completion to both the participant and the elected officer.  

Eligibility and Selection:

The following will be implemented during the evaluation and selection process and interest participants:

  • Must be an active FAPAC Regular Member for a minimum of one year and in good standing to run for an Elected Position during the 2020 Election Cycle (term begins October 2020).
  • Associate and Honorary FAPAC members are not eligible to hold elected positions on the National Board of Directors.
  • The LSP Chair will review applications and notify selected participants in early January 2020 for the 2020 LSP.

Are there any costs to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the LSP. If LSP participants volunteer for the National Leadership Training Program (NLTP), the $895 registration fee will be waived. LSP participants must confirm their volunteer assignments with the NLTP Program Chair and register. FAPAC does not provide funds for travel/lodging for program participants.

Can people participate if they are not in Washington DC?

Yes, participants should coordinate and communicate with their designated FAPAC Officer or Committee Chair in order to successfully complete the program requirements.

Do I need to get permission from my supervisor to work on a project?

Supervisor approval is preferable, but not required. Program activities may be completed during personal time or official duty time with your supervisor's approval. We encourage participants to include this program in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Who do I contact to get more information?

Email the LSP Chair, Cailine Kim at

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