The Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress (JACP) is the leadership-in-action arm of the Jefferson Educational Society. Its purpose is to undertake the 2015 JES initiatives, a program intended to foster municipal collaboration and civic progress throughout Erie County.
2015 JES initiatives:
Erie County Civic Leadership (ECCL) will prepare professionals, ages 25-45, for meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful engagement in the community. The program goal is to provide a unique environment that fosters teamwork, growth, and learning to create a transformative experience.
Part I of the ECCL program will examine how local governments (county, cities, boroughs and townships) work in order to prepare emerging civic leaders effect positive change for Erie County's future.
Part II of the ECCL program will be devoted to sessions on economic development, land use and environmental concerns, public safety, education, and healthcare and aging. The last session will explore Erie County politics and the rudiments of becoming a candidate and to run for office.
The ECCL class will also participate in a team-based, customized project designated to cultivate civic action by analyzing a critical issue facing Erie County.
On average, Presque Isle State Park attracts over four million visitors each year to recreate. Their safety is a top concern for State Park officials. ECCL's Group Action Project will partner with Presque Isle's leadership on their new Master Planning Project to determine the feasibility of a tunnel under the channel to connect the park with Erie's eastside.
The ECCL is divided into two parts:
Part I is a mandatory retreat held in Pittsburgh that begins April 23 and continues April 24 (a day and a half including one night). The ECCL program continues from May 7 to July 9, with five bimonthly, full-day sessions on understanding local government in Erie. Successful applicants will be notified beginning April 7, 2015
Part II includes five bimonthly, 4 1/2 hour sessions from July 23 to September 24 exploring in-depth issues confronting the region.
The program will conclude with a commencement luncheon Thursday, October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., during which the group action project will be presented before invited employers, local officials, and the media.
In order to earn a graduate certificate, participants must be prepared to commit their personal time and energy to the program ant attend at least 90 percent of the sessions.
Class of 2015 Schedule | (All sessions and commencement are schedued on Thursdays)
Wednesday, April 22 | Meet & Greet 5 to 7pm @ Jefferson Educational Society
Thursday & Friday, April 23 & 24 | Onenight retreat in Pittsburgh, PA (Mandatory)
Part I (five) 8 hour sessions 8:30am - 4:30pm, May 7 & 21 June 4 & 18, July 9
Part II (five) 4.5 hours sessions 8:30am - 1pm, July 23, August 6 & 20, September 10 & 24
Commencement: October 6, 11:30am @ Jefferson Educational Society
Through the ECCL program, employers will benefit from having their employees receive training which enhances their ability to work in teams and hones their leadership skills. In addition, employers will gain access to a broad network of prestigious leadership contacts through the inclusion of their employees in this leadership class. In particular:
Tuition for the Class of 2015 is $1,500, non-refundable. Tuition covers the overnight retreat, hotel, and luncheons. Each participant is required to contribute a minimum of $50 personally; the individual, an employer, or other source may pay the balance. Partial scholarships are available. JACP will work with successful applicants so that tuition is not a barrier.
A successful applicant can make payment in-full at the time of Notification or provide a payment of 25% ($375.00) with the remaining tuition to be paid by July 31, 2015.
Preferred Candidate Qualities: The program looks for candidates who show leadership potential within their company or community and who are committed to making Erie County a better place in which to live and work. The desire is to create a well-balanced class with representation from varied occupational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as geographical locations.
The Selection Committee will be composed of the program's staff and Advisory Board, geographically representative of Erie County, and will have the responsibility for reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and determining members of the class of 2015.
For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Michael Fuhrman at 814.459.8000 or by email Fuhrman@JESErie.org.