Leadership LEAP is a year-long commitment by the participants in which they come together once a month around a different topic and in a different community. Topics cover economic development, healthcare, tourism, law enforcement/drug abuse prevention, education, government, leadership skills and team building. Participants are held to a strict attendance policy, which is a typical practice among leadership programs across the state and nation. This policy is in place to enhance the camaraderie of the class and to protect the integrity of the program. LEAP participants are no doubt passionate about our communities and want to attend every second of the program and graduate, but even those who fall just short of meeting attendance are given the opportunity to fulfill their commitments and graduate with the next year’s class. More information about group projects and event photos can be seen on the LEAP Facebook Page.
The purpose of the Leadership Program is to:
• expand the network of potential future leaders of our communities;
• enhance the participants’ knowledge of the structure and operation of local businesses, schools, healthcare providers,
government, civic and charitable organizations;
• introduce the participants to local business owners, educators and school administrators, healthcare providers and staff,
government officials and the leaders of civic and charitable organizations;
• foster a better understanding of local issues and needs; and develop leadership and team building skills.
How to Apply
If you are interested in being a participant in this program and are a resident of Estill, Jackson, Lee, Powell, Owsley or Wolfe County please fill out this attached application and mail to P.O. Box 421, Irvine, KY 40336. Deadline is January 23rd by 5pm. This is a competitive program and all the application will be reviewed by the steering committee where 12 will be selected. The 12 selected participants will be notified on January 30th, 2013.
Kentucky’s state motto is “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” This has never been more true for small rural counties like ours. LEAP is one avenue for the up-and-coming leaders in our region to get together, learn about each other as people and as communities, and to share ideas about how we can all work together to make tomorrow better for us all. Are the list of program graduates by county. *denotes graduates who intentionally represented more than one county.
Jo Ann Smith