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Grant Opportunity | 2020 Future Leaders

Tuesday, October 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caroline Santayana, Association Manager


Do you aspire to rise up to a leadership position in our state and/or national association? Then consider applying for the SNA Future Leader’s Grant! This grant is intended to cultivate individuals who are willing to take the next step towards a leadership position on the SNA of Massachusetts board in the future.

The SNA Future Leaders Program, which is held in conjunction with SNA National Leadership Conference, is being held April 30 – May 2, in Tempe, AZ.

The National Leadership Conference (NLC) provides current and future state and national leaders with the opportunity to learn critical information about successfully leading a nonprofit association, to network with other leaders from across the country, and to gain new skills to become a more effective and engaging leader. Members from our executive board attend this exciting conference annually.

The Future Leaders Program provides focused, valuable, hands-on training and tools to new and upcoming future leaders of SNA. Future Leaders are given the opportunity to learn about the history, mission and vision of the association, network with other emerging SNA stars from across the country, hone leadership and communication skills, and learn from seasoned SNA leaders in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Application requirements:

To be considered for this grant applicants must be a current SNA member and hold either an SNA Certificate or SNS credential.


In addition, the ideal applicant should:

·        Be willing and able to assume a leadership position in SNA in the near future

·        Have been in the school nutrition profession for at least 3 years

·        Have strong association leadership potential and a belief in the importance of SNA

·        Have relevant volunteer experience for SNA

·        Have demonstrated interest in developing leadership abilities

·        Be committed to life-long learning

·        Be dedicated to a career in school nutrition

·        Be energetic and enthusiastic

If awarded, the grant covers the cost of the conference, hotel, meals and transportation.

Application due Friday, January 31, 2020. 

Email: or fax or mail to:

SNA of Massachusetts

c/o McKenna Mgmt.

 4 Lan Drive, Suite 310

Westford, MA 01886

Phone:  617-734-8822 Toll Free: 800-351-3139

Fax:  978-250-1117






As a recipient of the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts Future Leaders grant, I am very grateful to have participated in the 3 day conference this past May of 2019. The grant allowed me to meet, network and interact with other future leaders from across the country. The conference provided key tools to enhance my leadership skills for the State Association.

The SNA National Presidents shared their journeys, achievements, provided key insight on leadership. Their successes are certainly positive and something to aspire too. The conference was well organized and provided me the tools to develop attainable goals as a leader and assist me to be a better public speaker.

Robert Shaheen
Legislative and Nutrition Chair, SNA of Mass.
Director of Food Service
New Bedford Public School District


Last year, a friend of mine encouraged me to apply for the Future Leaders grant so that I could attend the conference in Sarasota, Florida.  At first I was hesitant because I really did not understand what was all about, but then I thought, “what do I have to lose.”  After attending the conference, I can say that I had absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain!

By attending the conference, I learned so much about how SNA operates and about different ways to get involved.  More specifically, the Future Leaders program taught me valuable lessons about how to be a more effective leader within my own district and within SNA.  We listened to many knowledgeable presenters and were then encouraged to practice the leadership skills that we had learned in a comfortable environment.

I would highly recommend applying for the Future Leaders Grant!  Not only is a great learning experience, but it is also a great way to meet other amazing directors from all over the country!

Sarah Coughlin M.Ed, RDN, LDN, SNS 
Director of School Food and Nutrition 
Braintree Public Schools 


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