Leadership Tomorrow

Leadership Tomorrow Class 30 (2018)

Purpose of the Program

The Leadership program was created in 1986 to assist emerging community leaders in preparing for leadership positions in local government and community affairs. The program's intent is to help the community face the complex issues of today's world while providing the necessary leadership for tomorrow.

The purpose of Leadership Tomorrow is to be able to provide Vermilion County with a continuing resource of men and women - equipped with community knowledge and leadership skills, challenged to get involved - shaping the future and direction of our community's potential. This is done with 9 sessions, generally every other Friday, starting with a one-and-a-half day Retreat (locally, not overnight) starting in January 2018 and ending with Graduation Day in May 2018. Education, experience and community service are emphasized (see more information at application link below). This is a County-wide program.

The Leadership Tomorrow program benefits include: 

Employers - Provides exposure to local social, political, and economic factors that impact business. 

Participants - Encourages and provides opportunities for networking with peers and established community leaders; provides a greater understanding and boarder perspective of local issues; increases understanding of community needs; and reinforces and builds upon personal leadership skills. 

Our Community - creates a pool of emerging and future leaders with a broad perspective of local issues; encourages civic responsibility; and equips leaders with the tools & knowledge to make a difference. Participants are encouraged to get involved in the area where they live, work and play. 

One of the greatest benefits is the close bond, networking and friendships that are the end result. Many of the class members stay in touch, know who they can call for help, and have used the networking in their personal & professional lives. It is a mix of people from different walks of life, age groups and backgrounds - coming together with different perspectives and sometimes perceived notions, who might not have known each other before or be aware of each other's talents and expertise.  Participants must complete 35 volunteer hours (giving back to the community). Classes also include community history and leadership training. 

Leadership Tomorrow Objectives

  • To develop quality leadership talents which lead to creative problem solving and future planning by the participants.
  • To develop in participants an awareness of the community, its problems, challenges, and opportunities, through an educational process.
  • To assist participants in assuming leadership roles in the community.
  • To develop and ensure the continuation of a network of community leaders.
  • To expose current issues and cutting edge information in each session - issues affecting Vermilion County and the area.
  • To provide the participants the opportunity to network and receive quality information on leadership skills.

Leadership Tomorrow – personal & professional development....leadership skills, commitment, involvement, giving back – an understanding of the community – past, present & future.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted  October 11 through November 30, 2017 for Class 30 of Leadership Tomorrow.

The one-and-a-half-day retreat (takes place locally, not overnight) addresses community issues/concerns; leadership styles; conflict resolution and team building/trust exercises. It begins the afternoon of January 18, 2018, and will continue all day the next day, January 19.  The program will end with Graduation Day on May 12, 2017. The tentative program days are as follows (and are subject to change):

  • Janury 18 & 19, 2018 - 1-1/2 Day Retreat (see above paragraph)

  • February 2 – Business & Industry Day

  • February 9 - Government Day

  • February 23 - Education Day

  • March 9 - Health Care Day/Leadership Training Segment

  • March 23 - Criminal Justice Day Activities (additional dates for police ride alongs & Public Safety Building tour)

  • April 6 - History Day

  • April 20 - Agriculture and Conservation/Natural Resources Day

  • May 4 – Graduation/Review & Critique of the program

A journal must be kept documenting the community hours, and a personal "reflection paper" describing what you learned from your volunteer experiences, will be collected at the end of the program in May.

Applications are available at our office, or by calling 217-442-6201, at a link at the bottom of this web page, or by emailing Logan Cronk at lcronk@vermilionadvantage.com. Applicants will go thru an interview process. Tuition cost is $750.00 inclusive for the 4-month program (other discounts may apply based on Vermilion Advantage membership level). Applications are due November 30, 2017. For more information, contact Logan Cronk.leadership_app_class30.pdf

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