In addition to providing the much needed financial support for higher education, Point provides each one of its scholarship recipients with the opportunity to participate in the following programs.
Every year, Point Scholars are matched with leaders across the professions who are committed to the welfare of The Point Foundation and the greater LGBTQ community. These matches are intended to cultivate strong professional relationships between Scholars and professionals located within the Scholar’s academic fields of interest.
Point is committed to nurturing and training the next generation of LGBTQ leaders and we believe that effective leadership requires a commitment to community engagement. Point’s Community Service Project (CSP) provides our scholars with valuable civic engagement and intergenerational leadership development in community-based, partnership-oriented environments. Additionally, the CSP provides valuable learning experiences for our scholars while enriching the LGBTQ community.
All Point Scholars are required to complete an annual CSP that will positively impact the LGBTQ community. Among the most notable efforts:
- Point Scholar Corey Bohman helped to raise over $500,000 to keep the doors of Lyon-Martin Health Services , the only free-standing community clinic in California that serves women and transgender people regardless of their ability to pay;
- Point Scholar Lauren Beach worked with Bisexual Organizing Project to create the Bisexual Equality Index to assess the bisexual inclusiveness of LGBT nonprofits in Minnesota;
- Point Scholar Kyle Rapinan, a political science major at the University of Washington, raised over $120,000 toward the creation of the Queer Youth Space; a safe for queer space, run by queer youth, in Seattle.
- In his final year as a Point Scholar, Alex Morse reorganized and expanded the reach of the Holyoke LGBTQ Task Force. Shortly after graduating from Brown University, Alex campaigned for—and won— election as Mayor of his hometown of Holyoke, Massachusetts.
National Leadership Conference
The National Leadership Conference is an annual event where the Point family of Scholars, Alumni, Board Directors, Regional Trustees and staff gathers together. Point Scholars receive intensive training in leadership development, and topics ranging from fiscal responsibility and community service to career planning and LGBTQ advocacy. Recent conference sessions included: a film screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, media training by public relations firm Edelman, private tour of the Smithsonian's LGBTQ archives, and career development by Deloitte.
Sessions are facilitated by Point Board Directors, Regional Trustees and staff as a key component of Point’s intergenerational mentoring mission. Noted LGBTQ community members and allies are also invited to participate on panels or to deliver a keynote. Guest participants have included Janet Mock, Jason Collins, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy, LGBTQ Activist David Mixner, NGLTF Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Academy Award winning producer Bruce Cohen and many others. By way of the Scholar Subcommittee, Point scholars offer their input to program content each year.
The Alumni Conference runs in conjunction with the Leadership Conference, giving Point Alumni the opportunity to convene and focus on topics such as career development, family planning, finance and investment training.
In addition to the formally planned sessions, the National Leadership Conferences involve many activities – both structured and unstructured – that allow all Point family members the opportunity to take advantage of our most valuable resource – one another. Activities have included a drum circle, an open mike night with singing and poetry, film screenings and a tour of the local LGBT center.
Regional Leadership Forums
The Regional Leadership Forums (RLFs) provide an additional opportunity for gathering of the Point family to focus on leadership, mentoring and community building on a smaller scale. Varying in size from two locations to eight, the RLFs allow Point Scholars to join nearby Scholars, Alumni, Mentors, Board Directors, Regional Trustees and staff for a day or two of leadership education and community building.
Point Foundation’s Internship Program provides Point Scholars with full-time career-related work experience that connects their academic preparation to their career aspirations. The scope of the program includes organizations in a variety of industries and not-for-profit sectors that are willing to offer paid internships that consist of meaningful, professional work assignments. Internships are full-time, average ten weeks in duration and they provide Point Scholars a competitive wage based upon their level of experience and the requirements of the position.
For the past four years, Point has partnered with The Palette Fund to offer select Point Scholars the opportunity to work in paid internship positions at the nonprofit organization of the scholar’s choice. Each scholar received real work experience in the LGBTQ community and the not-for-profit organizations benefited by having a passionate and gifted student work for them during the summer without having to worry about using funds from their respective budget to cover the cost of the internship.