I am thrilled to announce that I will be participating in the 10th class of Leadership Elk County (LEC). This program, hosted by the Communication Education Center of Elk and Cameron Counties, affords the opportunity for me to develop my professional skills and learn what makes Elk County tick. We will explore the area’s history, current public issues and the skills needed to embrace your inner leader.
I was brought here as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to expand the capacity of Headwaters Charitable Trust (HWCT) and for the purposes of community development. LEC is a golden opportunity to carry out my mission. I will be networking with the leaders of this area, spreading the word about the projects of HWCT and developing new partnerships. I will also gain knowledge and contacts that will help ensure the sustainability of HWCT and other community support organizations.
My favorite aspect of the program is the chance to take collective action to generate solutions to community problems. Local organizations will submit applications for project ideas for assistance with fundraising events, program development, and neighborhood support. The members of LEC will then split into teams to tackle the chosen projects. What better way to learn than to simultaneously enhance leadership skills AND utilize them to better this community?
Although my time in Elk County is limited to another AmeriCorps service year, the core competencies cultivated in LEC can be applied anywhere. As a young professional, I am looking forward to developing my abilities to positively influence those around me and motivate my team members, wherever that may be.