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Leadership Class of 2016
Leadership Jonesboro is designed to identify, educate, and motivate potential leaders to become involved in the future of our community. Participants are challenged by speakers from many sectors to make a personal commitment to become part of the rich leadership pool, which has made Jonesboro’s quality of life what it is today.
The Jonesboro region is one of the major growth areas of Arkansas. New growth – both in terms of population and economy – means new challenges, new solutions to these challenges, and demands the involvement of informed and caring citizens. Leadership Jonesboro will offer informative learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates participants to use both new and proven tools to meet the opportunities of today and tomorrow.
Leadership Jonesboro brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences from the business community, who have demonstrated both talent and interest in community leadership. Face-to-face discussions with experts from a variety of local organizations and institutions provide participants a unique opportunity to examine the dynamics of social, political, and economic changes affecting community life.
The nine-month program begins in December and full day sessions are held twice each month. Sessions include: Orientation, Leadership Retreat, State Government, History Trends and Issues, Local Economy, City and County Government, Transportation, Media, Quality of Life, Business Etiquette, ASU, Justice System, Public Education, Social Issues, Healthcare, Industrial Tours and ROPES Challenge course.
Applications are available September 1 of each year and can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, 1709 E. Nettleton. If you have questions contact Cari White.
During the year team members learn valuable skills. They use these tools as part of a project to benefit the community, a charity or the Chamber. These projects must be completed during January - August when the teams graduate.
Past Benefactors Have included:
E. Boone Watson Community Center, Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, Women's Crisis Center of NEA, Jonesboro Work Camp 2004, Hope Circle, Jonesboro Church Health Center, NEA Food Bank, Rotary Centennial Park, Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department, Joe Mack Campbell Park, City Team Ministries, Nation Youth Sports Program, Single Parents Scholarship Fund, Department of Human Services, Jonesboro Police Department K9 Unit.
The Class of 2016 has worked on the following projects:
Team A is working with the Learning Center on a project called Dog Fest! The event was held at the Armory on May 21st.
Team B is working on a project to raise money for a scholarship for a student in the arts.
Team C is working with Restoration House
Team D is working to establish "safe exchange" areas safely exchanging items from online purchases, child custody exchanges, and a general safe meeting spot.