AsylumConnect Junior Board Program.

Learn more about our innovative Junior Board Program for young professionals in the U.S. and how to become a member!

Junior Board Program Highlights

2020 Program Pilot Highlights

  • 19 NYC-based young professionals
  • Over 80% of membership identified as LGBTQ+ and/or immigrants
  • Employers represented during our pilot year included:
    • Jones Day (2 members)
    • Google
    • McKinsey & Company
    • Blank Rome LLP
    • Novantas
    • Hogan Lovells
    • Ipsos
    • UN Women

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Board raised $25,650 in 2020 split between:

  • Membership Dues: $13,755
  • Corporate Giving: $10,000
  • Fundraisers: $1,895
  • Self-organized LGBTQ+ Pride Month online auction & corporate partnership generating over $27k in cash and in-kind support
  • Guest speaker series featuring leading policy advocates, immigration legal experts, and LGBTQ+ asylees

2021 Program

  • 37 young professionals across the United States (remote during 2021)
  • Over 50% of 2020 Junior Board returning
  • By demographics:
    • LGBTQ+: 65%
    • Women: 46%
    • BIPOC: 24%
    • Immigrants: 24%
    • TGNC: 5%
  • Employers represented include:
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (5 members)
    • Google (2 members)
    • Salesforce
    • Roblox
    • Dow Jones
    • BlackRock
    • Capital One
    • Jones Day
    • Blank Rome LLP
    • EY-Parthenon
    • Deloitte
    • Kearney
    • American Express
    • Gusto
    • The Blackstone Group
    • BBR Partners
    • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets
    • Balyasny Asset Management
    • Cambrian Biopharma
    • ACLU – Voting Rights Project
    • Safe Passage Project
  • New special interest committees:
    • Steering Committee
    • Tech Committee
    • Fundraising Committee
    • Marketing Committee
    • Recruitment Committee
    • Social Committee
    • Learning & Development Committee
  • New remote Guest Speaker Series & Archive

Who Are We Looking For?

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Junior Board Membership Requirements

  • Open to young professionals ages 21 to 40 years old
  • Currently living in the United States
  • Available to attend remote monthly meetings via Zoom
    • *All Junior Board members are required to attend at least six of the remote monthly general membership meetings 
  • Meet (or exceed) the $1,000 annual membership dues requirement
    • *Members have the option to make 2 payments of $500 (January & June) or 10 monthly payments of $100 (January – October) 
  • Passionate about LGBTQ+ and refugee rights

Junior Board Time Commitment 

  • Our Junior Board members commit ~3-5 hours per month to AsylumConnect
  • All Junior Board members attend monthly remote general membership meetings via Zoom (~1 hour per meeting)
  • Junior Board members who choose to join 1-2 special interest committee(s) also attend supplementary committee meetings

Why Should You Join Us?

  1. Build your professional network: Opportunity to join a diverse online coalition of peers located across the United States who are passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, immigrant justice and belonging, and leveraging the power of technology for social good via remote general membership monthly meetings, special interest committee collaboration, and social events throughout the year.
  2. Accelerate your professional & knowledge development: Gain access to distinguished guest speakers on relevant topics such as LGBTQ+ rights, U.S. immigration law and policy, diversity, equity and inclusion in business, use cases of technology for social justice & more. And hone your professional skills – including fundraising, recruiting/interviewing, digital marketing, coding, event planning and project management – by joining one of our Junior Board’s 7 special interest committees.
  3. Receive recognition for your service: Names, job titles and employers, and pictures listed on AsylumConnect’s website and Junior Board marketing materials.
  4. Make a meaningful difference: Help attract the financial and in-kind resources necessary to advance the world’s first web and mobile resource platform designed for LGBTQ+ people fleeing persecution.

Information For Companies/Employers

As an employer, you are encouraged to share the AsylumConnect Junior Board Program with young professionals at your company (the program is open to young professionals ages 21-40, located anywhere in the U.S.). Our program offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to engage in meaningful service, grow their professional network, and develop key competencies to help prepare for future career success.

Our Junior Board Program also offers a great way for your company to showcase your employees’ deep commitment to service, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

We are especially interested in adding new young professionals to our program from the following industries:

  • Tech  join young professionals from Google, Salesforce, Roblox & more
  • Financial Services – join young professionals from BlackRock, Capital One, American Express, The Blackstone Group, BBR Partners, RBC Capital Markets, & more
  • Corporate Law – join young professionals from Jones Day, Blank Rome LLP, & more
  • Consulting – join young professionals from PwC, EY-Parthenon, Deloitte, Kearney, & more
  • Media – join young professionals from Dow Jones, Ipsos, & more

Head over to our Corporate Partnerships Program page to learn more about our different levels of partnership, including guaranteed space for your eligible employees on our Junior Board.

Upcoming Remote Information Sessions

There are no upcoming information sessions at this time. Please check back regularly for updates.

Application Instructions

Applications for the 2021 remote Junior Board are now closed.

Please check back in ~September 2021 for updates on 2022 Junior Board recruitment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I'M INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROGRAM. WHEN CAN I APPLY?

We expect to post the application for the 2022 Junior Board in ~September 2021. Please check back for updates.

WILL THE JUNIOR BOARD BE REMOTE/ONLINE DURING 2022?

Yes, the Junior Board Program will remain remote (open to young professionals – ages 21-40 – located anywhere in the United States) during 2022.

WHAT IS THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES REQUIREMENT?

All Junior Board members commit to meeting (or exceeding) a $1,000 annual membership dues requirement. AsylumConnect Junior Board members are asked to choose from the following payment options in order to fulfill this annual dues requirement: 

  1. Payment Option #1: 2 Payments of $500 (First Upfront in January & Second in 6 Months in June)
  2. Payment Option #2:  10 Payments of $100 per Month (January – October)

The AsylumConnect Junior Board Program also offers a “Recent Grad Pathway” payment option. (*Note: For the 2022 Junior Board, this pathway is only open to students who are graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program in 2022.)

  • June: Recent graduates join the AsylumConnect Junior Board
  • June – December: Recent grads are asked to pay a minimum of $500 in annual membership dues during their first year of membership on the Junior Board
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PAYMENT METHODS AVAILABLE?

Making a tax-deductible donation to AsylumConnect is easy. Sample donation methods include:

Donate online directly with PayPal Giving Fund 

Donate online directly via AsylumConnect’s “Donate” page

Start an online peer-to-peer fundraiser 

CAN I USE MY COMPANY'S MATCHING FUND / RESOURCES TO HELP FULFILL MY ANNUAL DUES REQUIREMENT?

Absolutely! Junior Board members are encouraged to leverage their employer’s matching funds, “dollars for doers” program and/or professional development fund when possible.

IS SERVING ON THE JUNIOR BOARD THE SAME AS SERVING ON THE ORGANIZATION'S GOVERNING BOARD?

No, the Junior Board is distinct from the AsylumConnect governing board of directors.

The AsylumConnect governing board plays a pivotal role in developing AsylumConnect’s strategic direction and providing critical oversight (governance & legal compliance).

In contrast, the AsylumConnect Junior Board is a program specifically for U.S.-based young professionals (ages 21-40) who are committed to supporting AsylumConnect’s critical work through 1) fundraising, 2) networking and 3) marketing. Junior Board members may be considered for future appointment to the AsylumConnect governing board of directors.

WHAT SPECIAL INTEREST COMMITTEES ARE AVAILABLE?

The AsylumConnect Junior Board currently offers the following special interest committees:

  • Steering Committee
  • Tech Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Marketing Committee
  • Recruitment Committee
  • Social Committee
  • Learning & Development Committee

Junior Board members may choose to join 1 to 2 special interest committee(s) per year.

I AM A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL BASED INTERNATIONALLY (NOT LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES). CAN I JOIN THIS PROGRAM?

Unfortunately, the AsylumConnect Junior Board Program is currently only available to young professionals (ages 21-40) located in the United States.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRENT JUNIOR BOARD MEMBERS?

Head over to the “Our Team” page and click on the “Junior Board” tab to learn more about our current membership.

I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

Email Chloe, AsylumConnect Programs Manager, for more information on our Junior Board Program.

You can also reach out to the AsylumConnect Junior Board directly via email or Instagram.

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