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Support Group

2024

FELLOWSHIP
COHORT
REUNIONS

CONNECTION STARTS HERE

At Pahara, we want to realize our potential impact as a network and generate what we’re calling “Network Effect”. On that note, we are thrilled to offer cohorts the opportunity to reune at Lone Rock Retreat once they have completed their Pahara Fellowship.


In 2022, cohorts had the opportunity to reserve an annual reunion weekend for three years (2023-2025). Fellows shared feedback that a multi-year booking would better support cohorts in coordinating time away from family, work, and life. We chose a three-year period to address this feedback and balance the induction of new cohorts.

Reunions bookings and rescheduling will occur at the beginning of each year ahead of the annual Network survey. Priority booking windows will be given to cohorts according to their Network Survey participation and completion rates. Please see below for further details, and feel free to send any questions to network@pahara.org.

SUBSIDY DETAILS
& QUALIFICATIONS FOR 2024 REUNIONS

We are thrilled to offer all cohorts complimentary room and board for reunions held at the Lone Rock Retreat for 2-nights, Friday to Sunday. Pahara will also cover an arrival shuttle from Denver Airport to Lone Rock and a departure shuttle from Lone Rock back to Denver Airport. Cohort members are responsible for airfare, and also alternative ground transportation arrangements. To qualify for these subsidy funds, the cohort must meet the following guidelines:

 
REUNION POLICY UPDATES FOR 2024:
  • Cohorts are no longer required to have 50% of their cohort in attendance in order to receive reunion subsidies.

  • However, ALL participants are required to have completed the annual Network survey in the year their reunion will take place.

  • Participants must activate their Pahara Portal account. 

    • Your Reunion event details and Planning Guide, the link to the Pahara Network survey, and post-reunion evaluation will be accessible via Fellows’ individual profile and cohort group/event pages

  • At this time, Cohort Reunions held at Lone Rock are reserved exclusively for Fellows. We look forward to creating an opportunity for friends and family of Fellows to join in the future.
     

STANDING REUNION POLICY:

  • Cohorts must host their reunion at the Lone Rock Retreat in order to receive subsidies;

  • Cohorts must adhere to Pahara's health and wellness practices and protocols. Pahara will continue to monitor CDC and local guidance and will finalize policies several weeks prior to your reunion.

  • All participants will submit a feedback survey to Pahara about their reunion experience. 

  • Cohorts must have no outstanding cancellation or incidental fees from previous years.

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BOOKING WINDOWS

The two booking windows include:

GROUP A

  • Cohorts who have a hold on an annual weekend which was determined during the Fall 2022 registration window. 

  • Booking window starts January 22, 2024.

  • These cohorts will have until Friday, February 9 to confirm that they want to continue with that weekend.

  • If any cohorts want to release the weekend but still gather in 2024, they will have to work with Lone Rock directly after the registration window closes to assess Lone Rock weekend availability.

GROUP B

  • Cohorts who were not eligible (i.e. completed their Fellowship arc late in 2023), or were unable to organize a reunion in 2023.

  • Cohorts who do not have a hold on an annual weekend from the Fall 2022 registration window. 

  • Booking window starts January 22, 2024.

  • These cohorts will have until Friday, February 9 to confirm which of the remaining available weekends they would like to reserve - first come, first reserved.

  • Can opt to wait and see what reserved weekends are released.

Which group is my cohort in?

All bookings will close on Friday, March 1, 2024. Pahara will then release all available space to cohorts and individual Fellows that have expressed interest in that weekend.

BOOKING & PLANNING
YOUR REUNION

The coordination and execution of reunions is Fellow-led and should be a communal effort with tasks shared across the cohort. A good practice is to rotate ownership each year to two or three members of the cohort to serve as the lead reunion coordinators. Follow these steps to book your 2024-2025 Reunion Weekend:

Identify a reunion planning committee, aka reunion lead(s). We recommend having at least two people. 

Reunion lead(s) will confirm, or select, their reunion date with Pahara staff depending on Booking Group designation.

Reunion lead(s) work with their cohort to identify a date that maximizes attendance at a reunion.

Reunion lead(s) send an email to network@pahara.org with the following: 

  • Desired reunion date and possible alternative

  • List of reunion attendees

Reunion lead(s) inform their cohort that their 2024 date is confirmed. Yay! 🎉

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Ready to jump into
planning your reunion?

Follow the steps listed in our planning guide!

CANCELLATION
POLICY

If a cohort cancels their confirmed reunion within 90 days of the event, but wishes to reschedule for another weekend in 2024, the cohort will have to work with Lone Rock directly to assess Lone Rock availability.

 

The Pahara sponsorship provided to book the original weekend will rollover to the rebooked dates, but are only valid for the same calendar year. Sponsorship for 2024 reunion gatherings will not rollover to 2025.
 

If you would like to cancel your registration, please let us know BEFORE the 90 day deadline for your reunion weekend reservation.

 

  • We understand that due to evolving challenges, unexpected emergencies, attendance numbers may be impacted. Please be in regular communication with the Pahara team, so we can best support your reunion.
     

  • Pahara will make all attempts to fill the booking following a cohort cancellation. Regardless, the cohort will not be charged a cancellation fee.

 

In order to be eligible to book reunions in future years, all cancellation fees from 2023 must be paid.

2024-2025
REUNION DATES

These dates are currently being held for reunion gatherings.

 

In fall 2024, more dates will become available for 2025 gatherings.

2024 Dates

Space Availability

5/17-5/19

6/7-6/9

6/14 - 6/16

7/12-7/14

9/6 - 9/8

9/27 - 9/29

10/4 - 10/6

10/11 - 10/13

10/18 - 10/20

10/25 - 10/27

11/8 - 11/10

FULL
FULL
OPEN (small group of 10)
OPEN
FULL
FULL

FULL
FULL
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It's time to
start planning!

The coordination and execution of reunions is Fellow-led and should be a communal effort with tasks shared across the cohort. To support successful reunions, please follow the steps outlined in our planning guide.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • APPLICATION
    Leaders who meet our program criteria are welcome to apply to the Fellowship, with or without a nomination. The application is an essential and required part of the process, and allows candidates to share information about their work and leadership, alignment with our selection criteria, and how they most hope to benefit from participation in this powerful development experience. For applicants advancing beyond this stage, this information serves as rich background information on which to base deep, reflective dialogue during interviews taking place during candidate consideration.
  • NOMINATION
    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and, while they are not required for entry into the Fellowship, they are critical to our ability to identify exceptional leaders from across the education ecosystem, including but not limited to experience in nonprofit schools, out of/after school learning, human capital, technology, juvenile justice, political and policy strategy, future of work/workforce development, community wellness and mental health, college access and success, faith-based organizations, community based organizations and philanthropy. Ideally, you know enough about the leader’s work to share your thoughts on why they would be an excellent choice for the Fellowship. We are sensitive to the ways sponsorship practices can disadvantage women and Black, Indigenous, and leaders of color who are less likely to have sponsors. When thinking of incredible changemakers to bring to our attention, we encourage nominators to consider leaders from within and outside of their close circles.
  • CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION
    During this stage, we seek to understand candidates’ motivations and challenges, learn more about their background and leadership journey, and determine candidates’ willingness and ability to negotiate the multiple domains of difference that contribute to the tapestry of Pahara cohorts. We conduct a 90-minute Zoom interview with candidates. This interview is followed by referencing carried out by our team. Given the degree of openness and vulnerability expected in this phase of our process, information shared with us by candidates or in reference interviews is held with the highest degree of confidentiality.
  • COHORT CURATION
    We aim for cohorts that are inclusive of the breadth of our humanity across multiple domains of difference, including socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and political ideology. Cohorts are also distinctive in their inclusion of leaders from various organization models, multiple sectors in education, different geographic regions, and various leadership roles. This careful cohort curation is critical, as the cohort is the container within which the personal and professional transformation Pahara is most known for occurs. Cohort dialogue is confidential and both professional and personal in nature. We seek to foster an environment that celebrates the diversity and lived experiences of all of our Fellows.
  • SELECTION
    We typically receive many more nominations and applications than we have available seats in each cohort. We strongly believe that creating the ideal blend of perspectives in each group is a vital component of the program’s value and impact on participants. Candidates who are not selected may choose to opt-in to be considered for a future cohort.

If you have additional questions, please
reach out to
network@pahara.org.

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