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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 partner with the City of Portland to provide the Pan-Immigrant Organizing and Leadership Training (PILOT) program’s 2019-2020 training: We COUNT (Community/Census Organizing and Understanding Network Training). 20-25 emerging leaders from immigrant and refugee communities in 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 the census and how to use the census to build long-lasting power in our communities. Graduates of this program will have the skills to do fieldwork and 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 issue campaigns in Oregon.

Program Elements

Training and workshops: Participants convene for one weekend retreat and four bimonthly meetings, where they participate in workshops such as: basics of city government; introduction to community organizing; politics of oppression; cross-cultural community movement building; base-building; media strategy; census 101; and many others that are relevant to the experiences of immigrants, refugees and people of color. The trainers of these workshops come from local, regional, and national institutions with extensive expertise, and are among the best in their field. Additional gatherings are held throughout the year at Unite Oregon.

Field Training for Participants: During this program, participants put their training into practice by learning how to organize, hold press conferences, hold and attend public meetings and implement a census-oriented community project, which they will then evaluate.

PILOT 2019-2020 Dates:

  • October 4 - 6th Weekend Retreat Location TBA, Transportation Provided
  • December 7-8th (Weekend) at Unite Oregon Multnomah Office
  • February 1-2nd (Weekend) at Unite Oregon Multnomah Office
  • April 4th (Saturday) at Unite Oregon Multnomah Office
  • May 30th Final Meeting and Graduation Dinner (Saturday) at Unite Oregon Multnomah Office


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 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 2019-2020 is officially open!

English and Spanish applications are open, and the Arabic application will open next week. If you, or someone you know, is interested, apply now! The application deadline is Sunday, September 15th. Use the following links to apply:

Apply Here (English)!

Arabic- Check back soon!

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.


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 THREE eight-hour trainings between March - May.

Training dates:

  • Saturday - March 30, 2019
  • Saturday - April 13, 2019
  • Saturday - May 4, 2019

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.

Application Deadline for the BOLD Program is Friday, March 15th, 2019 @ 7 PM.




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.