What is the Manifesto Project?

The Manifesto Project believes Arizona’s strength is built through a culture of mentorship, connectivity and developing and retaining local talent. The Manifesto Project hosts an innovative Board Apprenticeship Program that matches local organizations seeking an infusion of young talent with young professionals who exhibit leadership qualities and are interested in mentorship and community engagement opportunities.

Who can become an apprentice?

The Manifesto Project is seeking young leaders that are:

  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Living and working in Arizona
  • Highly motivated
  • Civic-minded
  • Interested in opportunities for professional and community mentorship
  • Able to commit to one year of apprenticeship (including related trainings and social events)

What does the apprenticeship commitment entail?

Apprentices are expected to commit to the following:

  • Attend a half-day board member orientation training provided by The Phoenix Philanthropy Group
  • Regularly attend and participate in their host organization’s Board/Committee meetings (typically between 4 and 12 meetings/year)
  • Learn about the history and mission of their host organization
  • Uphold their host organization’s values and ethics, abide by its policies, assist in the stewardship of its resources, and possibly represent it publicly when asked
  • Attend Manifesto Project events with fellow program participants when possible
  • Provide feedback about the program and their experiences at the conclusion of their term

What is the apprenticeship term? 

Apprenticeship programs begin in the late summer/early fall of each year and end 12 months later.

Do apprentices have to be from the state of Arizona?

No, there is no requirement for apprentices to have lived in the state for a particular length of time. They must be currently living and working in Arizona.

How do I apply to become an apprentice?

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please email information@themanifestoproject.com, and you will receive additional information regarding the program’s timeline and application process.

What are the requirements and/or qualifications for host organizations?

Host organizations commit to:

  • Reserve a “shadow” position for a young professional Apprentice Board Member to serve a 1-year non-voting but actively engaged role on our Board of Directors (or relevant leadership committee/advisory group)
  • Interview apprentice candidates in collaboration with the Manifesto Project’s search and application process
  • Assign one current Board or committee member to serve as a mentor, providing assistance and guidance to the apprentice throughout their term of service, as needed (exact terms and responsibilities to be determined by our organization)
  • Consider continuing to host Apprentice Board Members (i.e.- create a new apprenticeship position upon the completion of the previous apprentice’s term)

What if my organization does not have a Board of Directors?

The Manifesto Project is happy to work with organizations that have advisory groups, executive committees/subcommittees, or other organizational structures that would provide a valuable professional development experience for an apprentice. Please email info@themanifestoproject.org for more information.

How does my Board get started?

If your organization is interested in connecting with our pool of young talent, please email information@themanifestoproject.org with the following information:

  • Organization Name
  • Primary Contact
  • Location
  • Brief Organization Description

You will then be a contacted by the Manifesto Project Board of Directors representative to discuss next steps.

What sectors does Manifesto Project focus on?

The Manifesto Project is not limited to specific sectors. We strive to match apprentices with organizations that match their sector of interest and encourage young professionals and organizations from all sectors to participate.