Leadership Juneau begins third year with focus on youth

Posted: Sunday, December 13, 2009

JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska recently announced the upcoming Leadership Juneau program, which will be offered to aspiring community leaders in early 2010. Any and all individuals interested in participating are encouraged to visit United Way of Southeast Alaska's Web site, www.unitedwayseak.org, to obtain detailed information and application material. If you have an employee, student or co-worker who is a strong candidate, you can also find a nomination form on the Web site. The application has been extended to Friday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.

Leadership Juneau is dedicated to developing future community leaders; the goal is to empower Juneau citizens to become more effective advocates for positive change in the community. Through a challenging curriculum, participants will receive leadership training, local experiential learning opportunities, and the chance to better understand our region's government, business, and nonprofit communities. Interacting with local leaders and peers, each individual will gain a more complete perspective on what it means to be a community leader.

The cost of the program is $399 for the five-month program. The Kathy Vilandre Memorial Scholarship and the MacDonald Family Foundation have both donated funds to help eligible students with their fees if economics is a problem.

Leadership Juneau consists of a one day retreat, one full-day and seven half-day sessions as well as a graduation ceremony. In addition to the sessions, participants spend time outside of class on their Community Impact Projects, meetings with mentors and readings for the class.

Topics for the program focus on a number of key areas: leadership skill development, diversity training, team-building, conflict resolution, and civic understanding in the areas of business, government, and community nonprofit organizations.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit in early March where regional leaders meet to discuss and solve Southeast Alaska's "hot topics."

If you or someone you know is interested in Leadership Juneau 2010, contact the United Way of Southeast Alaska at 463-5530. Ask for Brenda or Tyler.

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