Members of the Leadership Los Alamos class of 2015. Courtesy/LLA
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to grow up as a teen in Los Alamos? Have you wondered about the challenges of education? Have you thought about what it would be like to start and own a business in Los Alamos? Are you curious about water in Northern New Mexico? Would you like to understand more about county and state government? Did you know there are over 200 non-profits in Los Alamos and wonder what it means to be on the Board of Directors? Would you like to hear more about the Laboratory’s involvement in the community?
Have you wondered what your leadership style is and how to best utilize it for success? Would you benefit from coaching and practice with public speaking? Are you looking for opportunities to put leadership into action? Do you want to expand your network beyond your current employer?
The Leadership Los Alamos program explores the answers to these questions and many more. Recruiting for the class of 2016 is currently underway with an application deadline of June 26, 2015. The program begins with an orientation weekend in late August 2015. This is followed by seven sessions one day a month each focusing on topics such as community programs, economic development, local government, youth, education, culture and environment. The program concludes with a graduation in May 2016.
Recent graduates of the program described their experiences with these words:
- “I have already signed up for two leadership roles (volunteer positions) I wouldn’t have before the class.”
- “LLA made me aware of what I can do to be the kind of leader who leaves a legacy and inspires the next generation.”
- “I had the time of my life!”
In addition to broadening their knowledge about their leadership style, Los Alamos and the surrounding area, class members will be required to give back to the community by participating in a small project. The class of 2015 chose projects with broad impact such as starting a support group for individuals with brain injuries, cleaning up the grounds around the Senior Center, organizing the first non-profit fair for the community, coordinating Valentine’s care packages for Casa Esperanza shelter, and assisting Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation with fundraising.
If you’d like to join the more than 250 community leaders who have completed the program, applications and more information can be found on the Leadership Los Alamos website at http://leadershiplosalamos.com/. To learn more about the 2015 class graduation, visit http://www.ladailypost.com/content/lla-graduates-leave-nest-prepared-lead.
Leadership Los Alamos exists due to work of many talented volunteers and with financial support from Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County.