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Applicants sought for leadership academy

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Huntington County Leadership Inc. and Purdue Extension are partnering to offer the Huntington County Adult Leadership Academy next year.

Graduates from the 2016 series are actively using skills they developed during the series as directors and board members in the community, according to Karen Hinshaw, county extension director and program facilitator.

Adults 18 and older are eligible to apply for the program.

“This is a community leadership program, so participants learn about how things work, the major issues and concerns as far as healthcare, government and education,” Hinshaw said.

There are guest speakers from the community who attend the class and answer questions and each week is a different topic.

“They also learn personal skills and about their personality so there is some personal development but for the most part it is community leadership,” Hinshaw said.

The class tours the Huntington County Jail and meets with the mayor and county commissioners to understand what those offices do.

She said there are a lot of resources in the community and the resources are as strong as the community behind them.

“We are encouraging people to get involved in the community and find something they are passionate about where they can offer their skills and volunteer time,” Hinshaw said.

The group will meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. At the Purdue Extension office, 1340 S. Jefferson St.

The 2018 program will run from January 17 to May 30 and include topics such a Getting To Know Huntington County, Identifying My Leadership Skills, Leading Through Interpersonal Communication and Building a Healthy Community.

Other topics are Managing Conflict, Getting Involved in Huntington County and Serving on Non-Profit boards.

Tabitha Brown, who previously served as the group’s president for two years and is currently marketing director, spoke about the academy.

“The major thing about the academy is getting younger leaders engaged and involved with the community,” Brown said.

She said it allows group members to grow mentally and physically and meet other leaders in the community they may not otherwise have been able to do.

“We want them to have a feeling of self worth and to help our community to strive to be better,” Hinshaw said.

Applications can be obtained by visiting www.huntingtoncountyleadership.org or by stopping by the Huntington County Purdue Extension office. The deadline to apply is Dec. 27. The cost is $320 per person.