Blandin leadership program seeks local participants

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Becky Adams of the Blandin Foundation speaks with volunteers who will help recruit candidates for its Community Leadership Program, as well as some volunteers who have already committed to participating. Blandin’s programs gives participants intensive training on how to become a community leader - and it pays the bill.

Eight-day program gives citizens skills to move their communities forward

 

Area residents interested in leadership roles that will help improve the communities they live and work in met last Wednesday at McKinney’s on Southside for an overview of the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP.)

The meeting was attended by both prospective members of the program and local leaders helping recruit people to participate from the Benson, Murdock, Sunburg and Kerkhoven area. This is the first time BCLP training has been available for the Benson-KMS area.

As students in the program, participants will learn about Blandin’s Nine Common Dimensions of a Healthy Community are:
- Spirituality and wellness
- Life-long learning
- Economic opportunity
- Inclusion
- Recreational and artistic opportunity
- Community leadership
- Safety and security
- Infrastructure and services
- Environmental stewardship

Each of these nine areas must be nurtured for a dynamic and healthy community.

Examples of how BCLP alumni have used the strategies and skills learned in this training include: advancing community cooperation, addressing issues of ethnic and cultural diversity, promoting tourism, creating economic development opportunities, addressing the needs of seniors, dealing creatively with health, housing, and education issues, and violence reduction, among others.

Blandin’s community leadership work has been recognized nationally for its quality. Blandin picks up the cost of training, lodging, materials, and meals – a package worth an estimated $4,000. Participants only pay for their travel. Of course, there is also the time commitment required.

In all, Blandin is seeking 24 people from the Benson and KMS area for the program....

 

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Pictured:  Becky Adams of the Blandin Foundation speaks with volunteers who will help recruit candidates for its Community Leadership Program, as well as some volunteers who have already committed to participating. Blandin’s programs gives participants intensive training on how to become a community leader - and it pays the bill.

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