Story last updated at 12/16/2009 - 11:52 am
JUNEAU - Leadership Juneau is once again offering local citizens the chance to become more effective community leaders.
The United Way of Southeast Alaska is offering the program to aspiring community leaders in early 2010. Any and all individuals interested in participating are encouraged to visit United Way'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 deadline has been extended to Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.
The goal of Leadership Juneau is to develop future community leaders, empowering 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 the region's government, business, and non-profit 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, and a graduation ceremony. In addition to the sessions, participants spend time outside of class on their Community Impact Projects, meeting with mentors, and reading 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 non-profit organizations.
The syllabus has been designed by current and retired professors of leadership at University of Alaska Southeast, including Dr. Lawrence Lee Oldaker, Dr. Jonathan Anderson, Kevin Ritchie and Dean Larry Harris. It is built off of past year's successes, yet this year will involve more community leaders in the teaching of each class. The complete syllabus can be found on the Web site.
The Community Impact Project focuses on team building and addressing a community need. This year's projects will revolve around the issue of youth and youth activities, a high priority item identified in the United Way's Compass community assessments. Projects may involve partnering with community organizations or be a brand new venture initiated by a team of leaders. This year, mentors made up of Leadership Juneau alumni and existing community leaders will offer guidance and support to each team as they work to complete their Community Impact Projects.
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."
"The opportunity to meet regularly with a diverse group of Juneauites and discuss issues ranging from leadership qualities to dealing with community problems was highly rewarding," said John Williams of JRE Real Estate, a participant in the first Leadership Juneau group. "I probably would have never signed up for a ride in a squad car without the motivation of the Leadership Juneau experience. It's a wonderful environment to get out of your comfort range, along with a bunch of other people doing the same thing, except from very different perspectives, and grow."
If you or someone you know is interested in Leadership Juneau 2010, visit http://www.unitedwayseak.org/ or call the United Way of Southeast Alaska office at 463-5530 and ask for Brenda or Tyler.