Leadership Jacksonville (LJ), an organization that develops youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, recently celebrated the graduation of its 2012 class. The year-long program brings together approximately 56 leaders from throughout the community to learn about the First Coast, build relationships with other leaders and analyze major areas of community concern.
Leadership Jacksonville recently selected its 2013 class for the program, which consists of two weekend retreats, one in August and one in May, nine day-long programs and independent course work. The opening retreat provides structured exercises that explore the dynamics of the urban society, leadership styles, and decision-making through group process. Participants learn about the community, analyze critical program areas and issues and engage in networking and leadership development opportunities. The program culminates in a closing retreat that focuses on developing a vision and a personal trusteeship commitment. All programs are planned and delivered by teams of Leadership Jacksonville alumni under the guidance of the Leadership Development Team.
The Leadership Jacksonville program actively solicits applications from all sectors of the community. Selection for each year’s class is highly competitive and criteria for selection include demonstrated leadership skills, active community involvement and a willingness to invest the time and energy required by the program. A conscientious effort is made to select participants who will represent a cross-section of the community in terms of sex, race, age, income level and occupations. Classes are carefully balanced to represent the composition of the community.
To learn more about Leadership Jacksonville and its programs, visit www.leadershipjax.org or call (904) 396-6263.