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  • Applications for the Community Leadership Program 2019-2020 program year will be available on this page on May 1, 2019.  Please check back then.  If you have questions or need additional information, please call Jody Wall at the Chamber office at (540) 662-4118 ext. 16.  Thanks very much for your interest in the Community Leadership Program.



    This is a nine-month program from September through May. The program begins with an orientation, followed by monthly sessions studying specific topics. Topics will include: Leadership/Teamwork, Public Safety, Agriculture/Economic Development/Media, Health Care, Education, Government, Simulated Society, and Community Problem Solving. The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. This program is designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in Clarke and Frederick Counties and in Winchester.


    To foster leadership potential in the community to ensure continued growth and development in our region. 


    A maximum of twenty-five participants who either reside or are employed in Clarke County, Frederick County or Winchester will be selected based on information and references provided.


    Mandatory attendance at each monthly sessions is strictly monitored and enforced. Because of the required time commitment, the support of the participant's employer is essential.


    To develop the skills of the participants so they will be able to provide the leadership necessary to address community needs. 
    To enhance an understanding of the complex issues facing the communities of Clarke and Frederick Counties and Winchester through:

    •    Educational programs which broaden knowledge of the area and of the critical issues affecting this region
    •    Exposure to local government structure, education systems, businesses and non-profit organizations
    •    Introductions to community leaders and local decision makers


    Tuition may be paid by either the participant or the employer. Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded based on need. The tuition for the 2018-19 program year is $750 for Chamber members, $950 for non-members. A $25 non-refundable administration fee is included in the cost and required with the completed application. Limited scholarships may be available and are awarded to Chamber members based on need. Scholarship request forms can be requested and submitted with the application. 


    Graduates of the Community Leadership Program will receive a certificate of accomplishment. the graduates will be admitted to the alumni association, which provides regional organizations with a pool of individuals who are qualified to fill leadership roles necessary for the development of the community. The Community Leadership Program will facilitate leadership opportunities for its graduates.

    For more information please contact Jody Wall at (540) 662-4118 ext. 16 or jwall@regionalchamber.biz.

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