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Our Mission: Torchbearers was founded in 2003  with the mission to enhance Greater Akron by investing in the  development, connection and engagement of our membership comprised of  evolving leaders with a passion to impact our community.
Our Vision: We envision a culture of diverse  leadership in which Torchbearers (TB) are engaged and making a  meaningful contribution to our community.

Our Purpose: We ignite young change-makers to shape Akron!

Membership Requirements: 

  • Applicants must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age and under thirty-nine (39) years of age at the time of application;
  • Attend all new member TB Leadership Development events (see calendar below);
  • Achieve at least 100 points by participating in TB events (TB Sponsored Community Service, GMMs, etc.);
  • Active involvement in a Torchbearers committee;
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to the Greater Akron Community;
  • Payment of annual dues of $350 for the first year and $300 in  subsequent years. Payment deadline for first year members is December  15, 2019. Please note that dues are non-refundable. Payment plans and  need based scholarships are available upon request to the Torchbearers’  Treasurer. Scholarship and/or payment plan requests are kept  confidential between the Torchbearer President, Vice-President,  Secretary and Treasurer and will have no bearing on acceptance into  Torchbearers. 

2020 TB Leadership Development Curriculum Calendar


Saturday, February 22, 2020:  Leadership Training: Strengths

Saturday, April 4, 2020: Leadership Training: Communication 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020: Leadership Training: Collaboration

Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Leadership Training: Leading Change  

Saturday, September 26, 2020:  Leadership Training: Capstone Event  

Wednesday, November 4, 2020:  Graduation

Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18, 2020:  Kickoff Retreat and New Member Orientation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: General Membership Meeting #1

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: General Membership Meeting  #2

Tuesday, July 21, 2020: General Membership Meeting #3

Tuesday, September 22, 2020: General Membership Meeting #4

Tuesday, November 10, 2020: General Membership Meeting #5 (Holiday Party) 

Expectations: Torchbearers' first year curriculum  requires a significant time commitment. We believe you will find your  return on investment to be significant as you grow as a leader,  participate in new community service opportunities, and develop  meaningful relationships with those around you. Given the competitive  nature of our application process, we ask that you seriously consider  the expectations outlined above and only apply if you, in good faith,  are able and willing to meet them. If you are unable to do so, please do  not apply at this time.

If you wish to help fulfill the organization’s mission and vision,  and if you can commit to devoting the time and resources necessary to  being an active member, you must complete and submit this application by  11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2019 to be considered for membership. All  applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2019 will be  deemed untimely and not considered.