Alcorn County to develop leaders

djournal-alcorn-countyBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Adults and youths in Alcorn County who want to take a more active role in setting the civic agenda have only a short time left to enroll in Youth Leadership Alcorn and Leadership Alcorn.

The enrollment deadline for 10th-graders and 11th-graders for Youth Leadership Alcorn is Friday, and for adults interested in Leadership Alcorn is Dec. 13.

“Working with our students to develop leadership skills helps prepare them for their role in our community, and we help adult leaders develop their strengths through exposure to and understanding of all aspects of Corinth and Alcorn County,” said Andrea Rose, community development director for The Alliance.

The Youth Leadership program includes five sessions: a Leadership and Teamwork Retreat, Jan. 19-20 (the Sunday and Monday of the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend); monthly sessions 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 24, March 24 and April 21; and a closing reception at 6 p.m. on May 12.

“This program requires a time commitment, so students should check their schedules to make sure they can attend all the sessions,” Rose said. “They will receive a letter stating that they have completed 20 hours of community service, which helps with honors programs and Mississippi Scholars requirements.”

The adult Leadership Alcorn program includes four full-day sessions on Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 23, an additional 10 hours of community service, and a closing reception and luncheon at noon May 7.

The youth program costs $50 per student, and a limited number of scholarships are available for students with extraordinary financial need.

Tuition for the adult program is $100 for Alliance members and $250 for non-members, which covers meals, programs, materials and transportation, and some employers may choose to sponsor employees for the program.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com