Another Successful Leadership Academy
The 2014 Leadership Academy celebrated their final class last night as another group of child advocates move forward with their plans to improve children’s lives.
Over the last six weeks, participants in the Leadership Academy learned how to identify a problem they want to address, how to communicate it, how to collaborate about it, and how to use political systems to improve it. The class had some first-hand advice from education advocate Doreen Zannis, Representative Lela Alston and Representative Eric Meyer.
They took all of this knowledge and drafted an action plan. The group addressed a range of issues affecting children, such as reforming CPS, helping former foster youth find jobs, helping children with cancer, and changing organizational structures to better serve kids in need. This past Saturday, each participant presented their plan to a panel of seasoned advocates who provided feedback and advice. Special thanks to our panelists Susan Jacobs, Tim Schmaltz, Mary K. Reinhart, Madge Haynes, Elizabeth Swadener and Kris Jacober. We are excited to see how each participant moves ahead with their action plan and makes a difference for children and families!
This is the sixth year of the CAA Leadership Academy and the next class will start in January 2015. If you’re interested in applying, applications are made available on-line in November 2014 so stay tuned.
Congrats to a wonderful Leadership Academy!
Funding for the 2014 Leadership Academy was provided by: