2017-08-15 / Front Page

Apply now for Community Leadership program

Leadership is defined as the “office or position of a leader, capacity to lead, and the act or instance of leading” (Merriam- Webster, 2017). In Putnam County, we are very fortunate to have successful leaders in our county. We firmly believe that every resident in Putnam has the capability to lead and enhance his or her leadership skills. So much so that we have designed the Purdue Extension Community Program.

The Purdue Extension Community Leadership program is designed to empower individuals who want to make a difference in their community. Consisting of eleven sessions participants will explore various topics that enhance professional development, personal growth, and community engagement. Session topics include Nature of leadership, Myers-Briggs Indicator Training, Interpersonal communication, Personal diversity, Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader, and much more. Participants will also examine the educational and health of our community and have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on the county. Many local leaders will have panel discussion with the participants. Program facilitators are individuals who have received specialized training on each topic presented. Participants enjoy unforgettable experiences and relationships that pay dividends personally and professionally. The connections made with classmates and the interaction with top community leaders adds value to this program well before graduation. You will walk away with a broader and deeper perspective on the county and your role in it. You will discover issues you are passionate about by experiencing them firsthand.

A few of the organizational benefits:

Participants meet new people, including fellow community leaders, establishing connections and expanding their circle of influence.

Company leaders establish relationships that will provide new opportunities to serve the community and deal firsthand with vital local issues

The program provides participants with foundations to build a strong network, deepening individual connections to the community.

Understanding that leadership extends at the state level as well. We have encompassed a visit of the Indiana Statehouse as part of the program. While at the statehouse participants will receive a comprehensive tour learning the history of the building and the state of Indiana, visit an “example of an office, chamber or courtroom representing each branch of government”, and much more (State of Indiana, 2017).

This leadership program is statewide so all are welcome to participate. Face-to-Face sessions will take place in various parts of Putnam County. Sessions will take place two times a month for six months between the hours of 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Participants who complete the program will obtain a Purdue Extension certificate, and have the ability to partake in the graduation celebration. The program is market valued at 1,200 a person. However, through community support we were able to obtain a grant from the Putnam County Foundation to offer the program at the reduced price of $75.00 per participant. The registration fee includes educational material, meals, graduation celebration, and much more. A limited number of spots are available, so interested participants are encouraged to apply early. Applications are considered incomplete without payment. Applications are found on the Purdue Extension- Putnam County website, and available for pick up in our office.

Visit our homepage at www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam or you can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 4-20- Indiana State Fair

24- Indiana Extension Homemakers Leader Lesson, 2 p.m. Extension Office

29-Women Walk Putnam County Luncheon, Putnam County Hospital *registration required by Aug. 23

September 4- Labor Day Office closed

(by Jennifer Y. Cannon, Purdue Extension Educator)

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