The capital of northwest Louisiana—Shreveport, Bossier City, and surrounding areas—has decided to build its bench. These players will not be wearing uniforms or have special equipment but will be part of a communitywide effort to build leaders for the future. Thirty people from thoughout the community came together in mid-September at LSU-Shreveport to be trained and licensed to offer the Pew Partnership's nationally recognized program, LeadershipPlenty. Over the next two years, these individuals will train hundreds of new leaders for the community to build partnerships, manage conflict, and take action on critical issues.
Dr. Norman Dolch, director of the Institute for Human Services and Public Policy at LSUS, one of the sponsors of the program, said that the diverse group of citizen participants "enthusiastically learned the knowledge and skills of LeadershipPlenty and are looking forward to sharing the programs with groups in the community."
Thanks to everyone involved in this training, the Pew Partnership team was able to meet some interesting and engaging citizens whom I'm sure will be the catalysts for change in their communities in the coming years. For those of you at the event and interested in having something to remember, I've created a photo album that has pictures from the event.