LHC accepting applicants for 26th year
Leadership Harrison County is preparing for its 26th year of developing servant leaders for the future of Harrison County. Applications are open now for both the adult program, which is offered to all adults with an interest in Harrison County, and youth program, for any junior attending high school in Harrison County, including public, private and home-schooled students.
LHC has been working to develop servant leaders since 1995. Each year, during the course of nine months, LHC takes a class of adult participants through an opening two-day retreat and eight day-long sessions of leadership training designed to equip and inspire residents to contribute to Harrison County professionally and personally.
“In addition to receiving training, the members of each LHC class identify and complete a class project directly addressing an opportunity somewhere in our county,” Nathan Broom, executive director of LHC, said. “Graduates leave our program energized to serve the community by participating on boards, seeking or creating volunteer opportunities and implementing new skills in their existing leadership roles.
“We welcome participants of all ages and all walks of life,” he said.
Classes are on either the second or third Wednesday of each month September through May. Tuition, which is subsidized by local sponsors, is $450 until July 1, when it will increase by $50.
The Youth Leadership Harrison County program was created by the LHC class of 2004 and re-established by the class of 2018. The new version will enter its third year this fall.
YLHC introduces students to servant leadership skills and resources, builds community awareness and emphasizes volunteerism. Also, it connects youth to the community while developing future leaders. Students are released from school for five days during the school year to participate in the program. Tuition is $50 for the program.
2020 YLHC participant and North Harrison student Violet Fitzgerald said, “I can honestly say that (YLHC) has changed my life. It has given me the ability to see new perspectives on ideas and problems. It was such a good experience to meet other student leaders in the county and learn about the problems the county is facing, too.”
Applications for both the youth and adult programs are available at LHC’s new website, www.leadershipharrisoncounty.org, which was created this spring by local firm Digital Now IT and sponsored by Mainstream Fiber Networks.