‘Grassroots leadership’ space still available as deadline looms

Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute officials are announcing there is still a little bit of time left to sign up for the institute’s 2012 leadership class, before the application deadline arrives.

Joy Tellis Cooper, the chairperson of the institute’s Leadership Advisory Board, said the deadline to sign up for the 2012 class is coming up next month, but she added the class, which can accommodate up to 25 people, is not full. That leaves the door open to anyone who was thinking about signing up for the program, which teaches leadership skills to participants.

“There is a limited amount of space left in this year’s class if anyone still wants to sign-up,” Cooper said.

People who want to participate in the next Grassroots Leadership Institute Class do not have much time to ponder signing up, though. Cooper explained that the deadline is set for June 15. The class will begin meeting in August.

The Grassroots Leadership Institute was created in 2005, through a partnership between the University of Georgia’s Clayton County Cooperative Extension Service, and the Clayton County Collaborative Authority.

The institute, which is open to both Clayton County residents and residents of other counties, has each of its annual classes go through sessions on how to understand: Leadership, economic development, communicating effectively, partnership and collaboration building, conflict resolution and group problem solving.

Cooper said anyone who wants to participate in this year’s class, but can’t sign-up before June 15 should not worry too much because the institute accepts applications on a year-round basis.

“If they do not make it into this year’s class, they can still go ahead and put in their application now for next year’s class,” she said.

Applications can be obtained by logging onto the institute’s web site, www.claytoncountygrli.org, or by calling (770) 473-3945.