Leadership Development


Unite Oregon develops new leaders through signature leadership development programs, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our issue campaigns.


Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (PILOT)- APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Unite Oregon (UO) is proud to announce the 2020-2021 East Portland Pan-Immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training (E-PILOT) program! 20-25 emerging leaders from immigrant and refugee communities in East Portland will enhance their skills, analysis, and organizing ability in this structured leadership development program built on a popular education model. This year, training components will be centered around building economic prosperity and long-lasting power in our communities. Graduates of this program will have the skills to do fieldwork and the empowerment to develop grassroots campaigns.

PILOT Program Approach:

The PILOT Program addresses the challenges faced by emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and groups through leadership and skill building convenings. Over a period of 8 months, the program:

  1. Supports individual leaders from various immigrant and refugee communities to build a shared analysis for organizing;
  2. Strengthens the capacity of immigrants and refugees to build power for their communities through in-depth skill building, leadership development and mentoring;
  3. Develops a long-term multi-ethnic coalition of immigrant and refugee leaders, who can work together on local and statewide issue campaigns.


Program Elements

Training and workshops: Participants will virtually convene for a series of weekend workshops from October 2020-June 2021. During this time, they will participate in curricula that will help them understand the importance of community-based organizing and leadership and that will focus on economic and community prosperity within Immigrant and Refugee communities in East Portland. We have  identified workshop trainers who work at local, regional and national institutions, who have extensive expertise and are among the best in their field. Additional virtual project gatherings will be held throughout the year. 

Field Training for Participants: During this program, participants are empowered to put their training into practice by learning how to organize, empower their communities, engage in campaigns and by working on an economic and community prosperity focused project, which they will then evaluate.


E-PILOT 2020-2021 Dates:

  • October 17th-18th (Weekend) Virtual   
  • January 23rd-24th (Weekend) Virtual 
  • March 27th-28th (Weekend) Virtual until further notice 
  • June 12th Final Meeting and Graduation (Saturday) Virtual until further notice 


PILOT participant qualifications:

  • Must have the direct experience as an immigrant, refugee, or asylee or as the child of an immigrant, refugee, or asylee
  • Must be able to participate in ALL virtual E-PILOT convenings
  • Must be willing to learn in a safe space where we respect and honor the views and opinions of people from diverse backgrounds
  • Must have a passion for social change and serving the community


English is not a requirement, and interpretation can/will be provided 


All program costs are covered:

  • The PILOT Program will be free-of-charge for participants*. Unite Oregon provides this $6,000 scholarship as an investment to refugee/immigrant leaders. Therefore, we require all participants to commit fully to the eight month long program and sign a Personal Agreement with Unite Oregon. No Exceptions!


Our application process for 2020-2021 is officially open!

English and Spanish applications are open, and the Arabic application will open soon. If you, or someone you know, is interested, apply now! The application deadline is Friday, September 11th. Use the following links to apply:

Apply Here (English)!

Apply Here (اَلْعَرَبِيَّةُ)!

Aplicar aquí (Español)!


*The PILOT Program has been made possible in part by a grant from the City of Portland, Office of Community and Civic Life.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR 2022– Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) 

Join Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program!

In partnership with the City of Beaverton, Unite Oregon provides an annual leadership development program for emerging immigrant, refugee, and people of color. The Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) Program centers around three goals: growing new leaders, building cross-cultural relationships, and laying the groundwork for civic engagement.

BOLD is a FREE leadership and civic engagement program for immigrants, refugees and people of color in Beaverton.

The program designed for participants to:

  • Learn concrete leadership, community organizing, and advocacy skills
  • Understand local government and how to get involved
  • Build cross-cultural relationships with people from around the world
  • Help make Beaverton a thriving, multicultural city that is inclusive to everyone!

To qualify, you must:

1. Live within Beaverton city limits
2. Attend all trainings

English is not a requirement, interpretation can/will be provided along with childcare expenses.

We are excited to work with applicants that would like to develop their leadership skills to be active members in their communities. If interested, please fill out the questionnaire below to complete the BOLD application process.



Metro Partners in Nature

Unite Oregon partners with Metro to augment Unite Oregon’s ongoing leadership development work by adding an experiential environmental component to two leadership development cohorts well as educational curriculum on land use, environmental preservation, wildlife habitat, watershed health, and hot-button environmental public policy decisions.