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Applications for 2021-22 are now open and will close at midnight on Friday, September 10, 2021! Apply here.

If you require access to the application in an alternate format please email Franki at [email protected]

The Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC (PPMW) Developing Leaders Program (DLP) is a non-partisan customized 9-month long, volunteer-led program for young adults who are passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice and want to learn about being effective leaders in this space. Launched in 2013, DLP has already trained over 300 rising leaders with the goal of building the pipeline of local advocates, allies, and supporters of PPMW and the reproductive rights movement.

Accessibility: PPMW is wheelchair accessible, and can provide ASL interpreters upon request.

Applications for the 2021-2022 closes Friday, September 10, 2021!

Program Activities

Due to COVID-19, we are taking the DLP program virtual and will only hold in-person events when it is safe to do so. We anticipate that orientation and all meetings through the end of this year will be virtual. DLP participants will be notified if this changes.

Orientation: Participants kick-off the program year with a mandatory one-day introductory meeting where they’ll have the opportunity to connect with cohort members and PPMW leaders through structured activities and informal discussions.

Education: Participants learn from expert faculty about sexual and reproductive health policy and activism, the biology of reproductive health, contraception and abortion, and health center operations through a series of presentations at monthly training.

Group projects*: Participants will work on projects that further the goals of PPMW’s fundraising outside of the monthly meetings, public affairs, education, or volunteer services objectives.  Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the program.

*Participants are encouraged to raise $300 through grassroots fundraising

Participants will receive a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the program.


Participants must:

  • Have a strong passion for reproductive freedom, health, and justice

  • Be a 25+ adult who is not a full-time undergraduate student* in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area

  • Volunteer at 3-4 virtual PPMW events

  • Attend orientation and 80% of monthly meetings to be held on the second Wednesday of the month (Oct through June) for two hours**

  • Pass a background check

*Full-time undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved with Generation Action. For more information on GenAction, please contact Franki McDaniel at [email protected].

**Additional (non-mandatory) meetings and social activities will be scheduled throughout the year.