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LEAD SI

LEAD SI

LEAD Southern Illinois 2020-2021 
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Program 
LEAD SI is a leadership development program in partnership with the Marion, Herrin, Carterville Chambers of Commerce and the John A. Logan College Center for Workforce Development.  Participants develop essential leadership skills while being exposed to a variety of professional development topics and community/regional issues. Classes will meet in different locations around Williamson County each month exploring a major topic in business, industry, government and nonprofit organizations.  John A. Logan College Center for Workforce Development provides vocational skills credit.

Benefits 

  • Develop leadership knowledge and abilities plus improve professional skills
  • Broaden perspectives and allow participants to gain an increased understanding of the community/regional dynamics and public issues
  • Learn and gain wisdom from experienced and knowledgeable business, nonprofit, community and government leaders in our region and at the state level 
  • Tour local business, government, and community facilities
  • Give back to the community as an individual volunteer and through a group project
  • Build friendships and working relationships with class members
  • Earn college-level vocational skills credit

Program Schedule 
The class will meet one full day each month with leadership classes in the morning, lunch at a local Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon, and an onsite business/community organization tour/class in the afternoon.  The class will also participate in Live2Lead Southern Illinois on October 23.  An optional one day trip to Springfield during the state legislative session will be offered.  Classes begin in August with a one-day retreat and conclude with graduation in May 2021.  The full schedule is available at www.jalc.edu/cwd.   

The schedule may include online classes instead of face-to-face classes to align with COVID-19 federal and state recommendations.  The retreat and other activities may be rescheduled to later dates due to the COVID-19 recommendations.

Who Should Apply 
The LEAD SI program is open to individuals who work and/or reside in Williamson County.  Experienced and up-and-coming leaders are encouraged to apply.  Non-employed community volunteers may also apply.  Corporations, small businesses and community organizations should think of their potential next generation of leaders.  Entrepreneurs are also welcome.

Attendance 
LEAD SI requires a strict time commitment.  With the honor and privilege of being a LEAD SI class member is the responsibility of wholehearted participation.  The full-day retreat is MANDATORY.  Class members must attend a minimum of 70% of the sessions and participate in the community project with classmates.  The community project will take additional time outside of day sessions.  Full participation is best in order to get the most of the activities of the program.  It is understood that life presents last-minute circumstances or unpredictable situations over which one has no control.  The required 70% attendance allows for such events as illness and business conflicts.  Arriving late and leaving early is highly discouraged.

Individual Community Service & Class Project 
Participants are expected to earn a minimum of 30 “volunteer points” by participation in community service on their own time beyond program time. The class is also expected to organize a community fundraising project and all class members are expected to participate. Classes may choose a non-profit organization to receive funds from a project/event organized by the class. For example, a class may choose to support The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois.  Discussion will be held during retreat and class time regarding a class project. 

Tuition & Scholarships 
Tuition is $1,300.00 per participant and covers all required programming with meals and materials.  A one-day retreat and a trip to Springfield are included.  A limited number of scholarships for one-half ($650) of the tuition are available and must be requested during the application process.  Corporations, businesses, and community organizations are encouraged to fund a participant from their organization either in full or in part.  If and when an applicant is accepted in the program, registration and tuition in full must be made to John A. Logan College. 

Any LEAD SI class participant who accepts a scholarship and does not complete the program may be asked to reimburse the funds.  No reimbursement will be made to an employer who pays the tuition for an employee if the employee leaves their employment during the program.

Selection Process 
The class will be selected by a LEAD SI Engagement Team composed of representatives from the three Chambers of Commerce, John A. Logan College, and local public officials or their representatives.  Approximately 15 participants will be selected for the class.  Participants will be selected on the basis of past leadership experience, leadership potential, community volunteer experience, application and a passion to serve our community.  LEAD SI strives to maintain an occupational, ethnic, age and gender balance among participants.  The Engagement Team will also select scholarship recipients from the applications requesting scholarship support.

How to Apply 
Applications are available through the John A. Logan College Center for Workforce Development (www.jalc.edu/cwd).  Applications must be completed and returned with additional required materials to the John A. Logan College Center for Workforce Development, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville, Illinois 62918-2500 (Attention: Michelle Hamilton).

LEAD Southern Illinois Application (PDF)

More Information 
Contact Russell Williams, LEAD SI Facilitator, at rwleadership@gmail.com or 618-694-6586.

2020-2021 Schedule

The schedule may include online classes instead of face-to-face classes to align with COVID-19 federal and state recommendations.  The retreat and other activities may be rescheduled to later dates due to the COVID-19 recommendations.

DateProgram Process & LocationsIntent
Application Timeline – March, April, and May Engagement Team meets in April and June to monitor promotions and select applicants and scholarship recipients.
Enrollment in program in June and JulyStudents are enrolled through John A. Logan College. Registration and tuition is due by ________________.John A. Logan Admissions/Business receives enrollment fee and scholarships
Tuesday, August 11Orientation SessionIntroductions; review program, commitment,
schedule; prepare for the retreat
Friday, August 21Retreat (one full day at retreat location)Servant leadership, team building, plans for volunteering and group project
Tuesday, September 8Marion Class, Marion Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationMarion Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites(TBD)
Wednesday, October 7Carterville, Carterville Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationCarterville Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites(TBD)
Friday, October 23Live2Lead Southern IllinoisThe Pavilion – Volunteer/Participate
Tuesday, November 24Herrin Class, Herrin Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationHerrin Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
Tuesday, December 8Marion Class, Marion Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationMarion Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
Wednesday, January 6Carterville Class, Carterville Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationCarterville Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
Tuesday, February 23Herrin Class, Herrin Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationHerrin Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
Tuesday, March 9Marion Class, Marion Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationMarion Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
Wednesday, April 7Carterville Class, Carterville Chamber Lunch & Site Tour/PresentationCarterville Business/Non-Profit/Government Sites (TBD)
May Graduation (Date TBD)TBDTBD