Leadership program helps prepare community leaders for civic action

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 5, 2007 – Community leaders will soon have an opportunity to learn how to train their citizens to create positive change and build a brighter future. The LeadershipPlenty Certified Trainer Program is being offered at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Va. on May 21-23. The Pew Partnership for Civic Change developed the course and has partnered with Virginia Tech’s Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement to bring the program to Roanoke.

Suzanne Morse, internationally acclaimed author of Smart Communities, and president of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, leads the course. Participants become certified to return to their communities and train others on this proven, strategic approach to long-term community change.

LeadershipPlenty® delivers nine highly interactive sessions or “modules” that equip participants with key skills needed for community problem solving. Identifying community assets, managing conflict, planning for action, and measuring results are just a few of those skills.

The program is based on over five years and a half million dollars of research and has been offered in more than 30 states and in several foreign countries.

LeadershipPlenty® will benefit leaders of non-profit organizations, businesses, local governments, neighborhood and religious organizations, universities and community colleges, regional planning initiatives, social service agencies, and all those interested in creating positive change within their communities.

The course fee is $1,495 per person, or $1,395 per person for three or more participants from the same organization.

For more information, visit the LeadershipPlenty® website or contact Tracey Allen at tballen@vt.edu, or (540) 231-9617.