The United Way of NYC has an excellent program called Linkages. It is a two day workshop that teaches participants the ins and outs of being a board member as well as providing a matching program to pair you and with a nonprofit board that falls under their umbrella of organizations. They accept 35 people, twice a year. Cost of the program materials is $150.
They are currently accepting Linkages applications until Friday, January 16, 2009. The application is user friendly and entirely on-line. Visit: