Leadership Evanston

Here is a great way to get to know your community and to get involved in a meaningful way.

The Evanston Community Foundation sponsors an annual training program for community members.

Leadership Evanston’s signature program goals are to:

  • Train participants in community leadership skills.  Key skills include creative problem-solving, collaboration, conflict resolution, consensus building, public policy analysis, effective advocacy and visioning.
  • Broaden participants’ understanding of Evanston and the issues it faces.
  • Create opportunities for participants to build a network enabling them to work together to strengthen the community.

To reach these goals, participants undertake a ten-month experiential program from September to June.  During all-day monthly sessions, they use Evanston as a learning laboratory as they learn and practice leadership skills.  They meet and work with Evanston leaders who are making a difference to learn first-hand how they tackle challenges and work with others in the community. Participants also engage in small group projects.

Program participants
Leadership Evanston participants represent Evanston’s strengths.  Each year, a diverse group of up to 30 participants who live and/or work in Evanston and have displayed the capacity for leadership are selected.  Participants include staff of local institutions and companies, educators, clergy, small business owners, and volunteers involved in area non-profits, schools, sports organizations and faith communities.  Above all, Leadership Evanston seeks people who will become stewards of the community and take increased responsibility for Evanston’s future.

Click here to view our 2009/2010 Leadership Evanston graduates!

Program cost
Total signature program cost for 2010 – 2011 is $1,000, including a $100 registration fee.  Tuition covers all materials and meals for the program.  Tuition may be paid by participants or by their employers or sponsoring organizations.  Payment plans and limited scholarship funds are available.  Interested? Learn more about program highlights and the 2010/2011 program calendar.


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