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Leadership Champlain Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications for Leadership Champlain Class of 2019!

Leadership Champlain is a leadership program consisting of retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups and community tours. In it, participants meet monthly to explore critical community issues, examine themselves as leaders, and build relationships of trust and mutual understanding. Participants represent a diverse group of rising and recognized leaders from across a wide variety of organizations representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Participants are diverse in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, education, profession and religion. Most importantly, they offer diversity of thought through:

  • A deep immersion in community issues with leaders in the state
  • The importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce
  • Development of individual and collaborative leadership skills
  • An understanding of our civic system’s interrelationships

Leadership Champlain Class of 2017 group photo with hardhats

The Program

Each month, Leaders will spend a full day focused on a specific topic. These days will include facility tours, presentations from panels of experts, activities and small group discussion. The topics include:

  • September – Two-Day Opening Retreat
  • October – Human Services
  • November – Business and Economy
  • December – Government and Politics
  • January – Criminal Justice
  • February – Education
  • March – Healthcare
  • April – Energy and Environment
  • May – Civic Engagement, Service Project Presentations
  • June – Community Service and Graduation Ceremony

Leaders will also conduct a service project with a small group of their peers in partnership with a local nonprofit organization. Some of the nonprofit organizations that Leadership Champlain has worked with in the past include:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Burlington Housing Authority
  • Burlington Police Department
  • Cathedral Square
  • Chittenden County Mentoring Project
  • Home Share Vermont
  • Howard Center
  • KidSafe Collaborative
  • Lake Champlain Rail Trail
  • Pathways Vermont
  • Schoolhouse Learning Center
  • Spectrum Youth and Family Services
  • Town of Richmond
  • United Way of NWVT
  • Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
  • Vermont Foundation for Recovery
  • Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • Vermont Works for Women
  • YMCA

And many more!

The Ideal Applicant

The ideal applicant for Leadership Champlain holds a position of leadership in their employment or volunteer organization. They display evidence of mature judgment and exceptional leadership qualities. The ideal applicant demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to the community through significant voluntary roles in community organizations. The individual is qualified to utilize leadership skills through service for the long-term benefit of the community and has obvious potential for growing personally and effecting change.

Does this sound like you?

Click here to get more information about the program, including  application timeline and tuition costs. Email [email protected] with any questions.