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Leadership group accepting applications

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By M.J. Subiria Arauz

msubiria@news-daily.com

People interested in developing their leadership skills, and using their talents to serve the needs of the Clayton County community, have a chance to apply for a program that will help them achieve those goals.

Clayton County's GrassRoots Leadership Institute is accepting applications for its 2011 training program, said Kimberly Allen, spokeswoman for the institute. The deadline to submit an application is June 3, she added.

"GrassRoots provides an opportunity for self-growth," said Cheryl White, chairperson of the board of directors of the leadership-building organization. "Its dual purpose is to develop those who have not had any exposure to leadership, and to help further develop someone who already possesses basic leadership skills and knowledge."

White said people interested in applying must work, or live, in Clayton County. "We mostly attract a lot of Clayton County employees, and we attract a lot of college students and people who are interested in beginning a non-profit organization," she said.

The program includes various skill-development sessions, with topics such as understanding leadership, effective communication and conducting successful meetings, added Allen. The sessions will be taught by local government, economic development and community leaders, she said.

The program is composed of a 12-week course and will meet every Tuesday, from Aug. 2, to Oct. 25. Those interested in applying should visit: www.claytongaempowerment.org, and click on the tab titled, "GrassRoots 2011," to download the application document and follow further submission instructions. There is a $25 application fee, Allen said.

Applicants will go through an interview process, and those accepted will pay an additional $25 fee for the courses, said White, who added that the Leadership Institute receives about 40 applications each year for the program. "We only accept 25 people," she said.

"We're looking for someone, that person that wants to use their skills to give back to Clayton County, to the community," she added.

The Leadership Institute, which is a part of the Clayton County Collaborative Authority, has been training future leaders since 2005. It's work is subsidized by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, along with other fund-raising efforts.

Currently, the sponsors of the program include the Clayton County Extension Service, the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and Clayton County Public Schools, according to the Collaborative Authority's web site -- www.claytoncollab.org.

For more information about the organization and its work, call (770) 473-3945.