TIME COMMITMENT & PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES
Leadership Springfield provides its participants with the opportunity to engage in an exciting year of personal, professional and community exploration but it does require a time commitment. Participants are expected to attend ALL sessions. Emergency absences are not permitted for the retreats and commencement activities.
The program begins with a two-day retreat in late September. Classes meet for all-day “program days” one day each month from October through April. A second two-day retreat is also held in May. A special graduation dinner concludes the class in June. Attendance at all events is mandatory.
The class is divided into seven groups of four to six people to plan the program days. An additional time commitment is necessary for these groups to meet for planning purposes and those meetings are scheduled by members of each individual group. In addition to program planning, a class project or other extracurricular activities may be required.
Participants who are unable to meet the requirements of the program will be dropped. Following the completion of the program, participants are expected to stay involved in the organization, continually enhance their leadership experience and help strengthen the program for the future. Part of that continued involvement is a commitment to pay annual alumni dues, currently $100, which not only help to cover the costs of alumni programming and activities, but also contribute to the health and growth of Leadership Springfield.
2018-2019 Signature Class Schedule
Launch Retreat Mandatory September 12-13, 2018
Springfield, Our Community October 9, 2018
Criminal Justice and Public Safety November 6, 2018
Civic Awareness December 11, 2018
Communications & Technology January 8, 2019
Education & Life Long Learning February 12, 2019
Health & Medical Services March 5 ,2019
Arts & Quality of Life April 9, 2019
Impact Retreat Mandatory May 7, 2019
Graduation June 11, 2019
Launch Retreat Mandatory September 18-19, 2018
Communications & Technology October 18, 2018
Education & Life Long Learning November 15, 2018
Health & Medical Services December 20, 2018
Arts & Quality of Life January 17, 2019
Springfield, Our Community February 21, 2019
Criminal Justice and Public Safety March 21, 2019
Civic Awareness April 18, 2019
Impact Retreat Mandatory May 16, 2019
Graduation June 11, 2019
Attendance is expected for all program days, in case of unexpected emergency, a total of 8 hours on a program day can be missed, retreats are mandatory. Hours for each program day could begin as early as 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is highly recommended that if there is already a conflict with one of the dates that you not apply for the current program year.