Scenes From Leadership Los Alamos Session #1: Community & Non-Profit Organizations

LLA student groups volunteer at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA student groups volunteer at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students playing pool. Photo by Kateri Morris

The LLA students also made blessing bags for the homeless. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA News:

The Leadership Los Alamos class of 2022 kick-started their 9-month program Oct. 15 with their first session: Community and Non-Profit Organizations. 

In the morning, they started with an ice breaker and ‘how cookies might change the world,’ by the simple act of building relationships. They built on that topic of relationships and how reading built one community leader, with Dr. Spencer Johnson’s, Who Moved My Cheese. Twenty five copies of the book were donated by former LLA Board Member Rick Reiss for the students to discover how their choices impact their future.

Triad’s Kathy Keith, spoke on the role of the Community Programs Office, and how they have helped not just those in the community, but across the region and the state. The non-profit discussion session looked at the work of four programs in town: All Together Los Alamos, Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, and the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization.

A mini, Master Class, from Dr. Cindy Rooney, highlighted the different types of boards, what it means to be non-profit board. She shared her role with two very important non-profits, the UNM-LA Foundation and the Los Alamos Community Foundation.

In the middle of the day, the LLA students split up in groups to volunteer at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, the Los Alamos Teen Center, Day Out Adult Day Services, the Teen Center, and making blessing bags for the homeless.

At the historic Fuller Lodge, they learned about a variety of non-profits, and how they can participate. The Historical Society, Wildlife Center, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Los Alamos Family Council and others, distributed information, searched for volunteers, spoke to potential board members, and demonstrated how they navigated through the pandemic.

The next November session will celebrate the youth of Los Alamos, facilitated by George Marden, of the Los Alamos Teen Center. George will highlight youth programs that allow youth to shine, show their kindness, build skills, provide opportunities for caring all while building resilience, in and with the children, of our community youth.

Leadership Los Alamos is a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify current and emerging leaders in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, to enhance their leadership skills and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the community. Each class learns about a variety of topics like community organizations, cultural and history, youth, education, local government, economic development, and environmental issues. For more information, go to: Leadership Los Alamos – An educational organization dedicated to the future of Los Alamos

 LLA students volunteer at the Day Out Adult Day Services. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students volunteer at the Los Alamos Teen Center. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students volunteer at the Teen center. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students at the historic Fuller Lodge, where they learned about a variety of non-profits, and how they can participate. Photo by Martha Katko.

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