Always wanted to be a leader, but didn’t know where to start? United Way’s annual Leadership Juneau program may be the thing to get you to the head of the pack.
Leadership Juneau is designed to “attract, encourage, instruct and engage aspiring community leaders in Juneau,” according to a United Way press release.
The program begins its fifth year of training on Jan. 21. The five-month program has room for 15 to 20 selected to participate.
The program is designed to give participants an increased understanding of the world in which they live and how to respond to issues in that world. Lifelong advocacy is the goal and the program offers a great chance to network with future Alaska leaders.
Participants will also have a chance to meet current established leaders and have discussions with people holding different points of view.
“The new friendships and relationships they form with business, cultural and political leaders help them gain their first taste of success — motivating them to conquer more problems or tackle even larger issues.”
The program will offer participants the opportunity to work together in small groups on a community service project. Past projects have included looking at the “ramifications of the smoking ban in bars on littering resulting in new littering laws” and looking for a solution to Juneau’s need for respite housing.
Leadership Juneau will span nine sessions and a two-day retreat. Southeast Conference’s Mid-Winter Conference is another optional meeting.
The total cost of the program is $399. Students may also want to purchase some of the suggested books for reading and research.
Applications are due by Jan. 20.
For more information visit www.unitedwayseak.org or contact the United Way of southeast Alaska at 463-5530.