Diversity of participants is essential. Applicants are encouraged from business, nonprofit, civic and faith-based organizations and government agencies as well as from the community at large. Bergen LEADS seeks representation from the broad array of ethnic, racial, religious, political and socio-economic groups within Bergen County.
The program, sponsored by the Volunteer Center, is under the guidance of former Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber. Participants are immersed in a stimulating curriculum that not only introduces them to topical issues of local importance, but also enables them to explore their leadership styles, enhance their leadership capacity and become meaningfully engaged in helping to solve some of the challenges facing Bergen County. Bergen LEADS participants meet monthly; most seminar days begin and end at Bergen Community College in Paramus.
Additional information about the program and the selection process, as well as tuition and financial aid eligibility, is available at http://www.bergenleads.org/. The Class of 2011 will be announced in June, and the monthly seminars will begin in September. For more information about Bergen LEADS, call 201-489-9454. ext. 119, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.