What is Emerging Leaders?
Our goal is to empower our peers--young adults and college students--to create a positive social and intellectual climate for marriage. We are accomplishing this by providing education and resources for each other, creating a sense of community in our age group and with professionals that advocate marriage, and inspiring each other to be involved in the marriage movement.
We want this website to be a resource for you as you move forward with the marriage movement in your community. These are some things Emerging Leaders can offer you:
- Resources to become better educated: We have collected links to articles, books, and other resources that will provide you with new perspectives to better understands traditional marriage and life-long love. Our Marriage Library and Links page are a great place to start.
- Tools to become better involved: Want to make a difference in your community? This can be a daunting task, but others have gone before you and can help make it realistic. If you want to start your own campus group, the Student Initiative Handbook can help you create a successful one. If you want to find an internship involving families, check out our Jobs & Internship page. Need money to help bring a speaker out? As an Emerging Leaders student group, we can probably help you with that. It is our goal that if you want to be involved in the marriage movement in any way, you can be.
- Forming a community: The Emerging Leaders Blog is a forum where we can discuss and comment on issues surrounding marriage openly and without concern for distance. We can network with like-minded thinkers and better understand our position by exploring it in this context. Our Facebook page also will help facilitate this.
- Connecting, networking and doing: Under Upcoming Events, we keep posted all the pro-marriage events we can so we can support each other and learn from our collective experiences. As you plan events, let us know, and we can post them.
- Preparation for the future: Someday, we all move from being young adults and students to the generation that is in power--and some of us are already well into that transition. Beyond internships, some of us will want jobs or other opportunities to promote the family. By networking through Emerging Leaders, when those opportunities come up, you will be able to take advantage of them.
These are some of the opportunities Emerging Leaders offers now, but we are a group of concerned students, limited only by what we are willing to do. This is the broadest outline of what Emerging Leaders can do--what we can do. But we are anxious as Emerging Leaders grows to see what new ideas and new contributions will come out. So, be creative and if you have an idea on how we can help you not listed above, send an email to Ruthinfo@ruthinstitute.org, and we will see what we can do.
The Emerging Leaders program is an initiative of the Ruth Institute, a national organization that champions the importance of life-long married love. The Ruth Institute was founded by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, and is a project of the National Organization for Marriage. An earlier incarnation of the Emerging Leaders program was called the “Ruth Youth.”