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The FAPAC Leadership Shadowing Program (LSP) was established in 2017 to develop FAPAC leaders who aspire to run for the National Board of Directors (NBOD). The LSP is a six-month program that runs from March to September. The LSP is intended for eligible FAPAC Members to gain a deeper understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the FAPAC organization and prepare participants to run for a FAPAC Officer position or to serve as a Committee Chair.

Submit completed applications via online form or email paper application to by 5:00 p.m. ET on February 26, 2021.

  • 2021 Leadership Shadowing Program Online Application
  • 2021 Leadership Shadowing Program Paper Application (.docx)

Requirements for Successful Completion: 

LSP participants should commit a minimum of 50 hours over the course of the six-month program that includes:

  • Minimum 15 hours: One-on-One Mentoring/Shadowing with the FAPAC Elected Official
  • Minimum 15 hours: Workshop Activities with FAPAC Senior Leaders and Past FAPAC Leaders
  • Minimum 20 hours: Leadership Projects during the FAPAC NLTP in the areas of public speaking, preparing and writing reports, volunteering and practicing leadership skills through the FAPAC business and operational activities. 


Who is the program for?

The LSP program is open to all active FAPAC members in good standing. This program prepares participants to gain a better understanding of the FAPAC and run for an Officer position on the FAPAC National Board of Directors (NBOD). Any FAPAC member who desires to run for an elected officer position for the upcoming election can participate in the LSP and be given the opportunity to experience and observe how the elected officers serves their members. Ideal candidates are high-performers, ambitious, visionaries, detail-oriented, inspiring, and passionate about public service.

How does this work?

Participants will observe and support current FAPAC Officers to gain first-hand knowledge of the responsibilities of the National Board of Directors (NBOD). Activities may include:

  • Selected members will start the shadowing program of their chosen Officer or Chair; 
  • Officer/Chair will meet with their shadowee in March to start the process;
  • Participants will be responsible for coordinating the "shadowing" assignment;  
  • Participants and Elected Officials are responsible to make sure the required 50 hours are completed;

At the completion of the program in September, both Officer/Chair and the participant will finalize the one-on-one meeting to discuss the decision of the participant to run for an elected position or apply for consideration as a Committee Chair or Committee Co-Chair. 

Eligibility and Selection:

The following will be implemented during the evaluation and selection process of interested participants:

  • Must be an active FAPAC Regular Member for a minimum of one year and in good standing to run for an Elected Position during the next  Election Cycle (term beginning October of that year). Associate and Honorary FAPAC members are not eligible to hold elected positions on the National Board of Directors.
  • The LSP Chair will review applications and notify selected participants in March for the new LSP cycle.

Are there any costs to participate?

There is no cost to participate in the LSP. If LSP participants volunteer for the National Leadership Training Program (NLTP), the registration fee will be waived.  LSP participants must confirm their volunteer assignments with the NLTP Program Chair and register. FAPAC does not provide funds for travel/lodging for program participants.

Can people participate if they are not in Washington D.C.?

Yes, participants should coordinate and communicate with their designated FAPAC Officer or Committee Chair in order to successfully complete the program requirements.

Do I need to get permission from my supervisor to work on a project?

Supervisor approval is preferable, but not required. Program activities may be completed during personal time or official duty time with your supervisor's approval. We encourage participants to include this program in their Individual Development Plans (IDP).

Who do I contact to get more information?

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