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Applications for the 2022-2023 DLP Cohort are now open. They will close at midnight on Sunday, January 29, 2023 (meaning the end of the day on Sunday, not Saturday). 

Apply here.

If you require access to the application in an alternative format, please email our Volunteer and Events Manager, Gregory Samuel, at [email protected]


The Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC’s  Developing Leaders Program (DLP) is a non-partisan, 9-month long, professional development program created for young professionals who are passionate about reproductive health and rights and are looking to become leaders in the reproductive rights space. Launched in 2013, DLP has graduated over 400 rising leaders positioned to actively engage as fierce advocates, allies, and supporters of  the reproductive rights movement and PPMW.

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

Applications for the 2022-2023 closes Sunday, January 29, 2023.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DLP was completely virtual between 2020-2022. We are excited to be able to transition to a hybrid model holding 50% of our training and meetings in person. To keep our participants and staff safe, participants and staff will test before in-person events, and participants will be required to show proof of vaccines - this includes both doses of the vaccine and at least one booster. DLP participants will be notified of any changes to this policy.


Through this unique opportunity, DLP cohort members will receive and participate in:

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

Training: Participants learn from expert faculty and partners about sexual and reproductive health policy and activism, the biology of reproductive health, contraception and abortion, and clinic operations through a series of presentations at monthly trainings.

Mentoring: Participants will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored during the year by connecting with PPMW leadership and DLP alumni.

Campaigns: Participants will work on projects that further the goals of PPMW’s public affairs, education, and fundraising objectives.

Fundraising: Participants will be encouraged to raise at least $300. Those who meet this goal at the end of the program will receive a certificate and PPMW swag. 

Leadership: Upon graduation, Cohort members are eligible to serve in a leadership role on DLP’s Core Team. Core Team members work closely with PPMW to manage the Cohort, facilitate meetings, and recruit guest speakers. Core Team members also receive an annual stipend. 

Cohort Requirements 

  • Strong passion for reproductive freedom and health

  • Participants are young professionals: at least 25 years old and not currently a full-time undergraduate student

  • Commitment to volunteering at a minimum of 3 events throughout the program year

  • Mandatory attendance at DLP orientation and 80% of monthly meetings

  • Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month except in January to accommodate winter holidays 

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

  • Individuals of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply

  • If accepted, all applicants are required to pass a background check 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination plus at least one booster 


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

To apply to the Developing Leaders Program, click here