DEVELOP. CONNECT. IMPACT

The Leadership Broward (LB) experience begins with the Orientation/ Announcement Reception in August. At the Orientation, you will be introduced to your new classmates and learn about the philosophy behind the LB program. During the Announcement Reception, which immediately follows the Orientation, you will be formally introduced as a member of the current LB Class to the Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, LBF alumni and your invited guests.

The Opening Retreat in September sets the tone for ownership and a personal commitment towards a meaningful LB experience. This two-day overnight retreat includes exercises in team-building and personal leadership development. The retreat process is designed to launch the class into a year of learning "facilitative and servant leadership skills" in order to enhance public awareness about Broward County's unique community issues and to cultivate professional relationships that will last for years to come.

Together, LB class members participate in eight monthly program days from October through May, which are planned and executed by past program graduates. Each program day is planned by a committee of dedicated LB alumni who have a professional background or personal interest in the day's theme. These program day committee members organize the day's tour schedule, recruit speakers and panelists, plan interactive activities, and facilitate engaging discussions about current issues. In essence, the program days provide participants with a backstage pass to Broward County. You can always count on days filled with educational, meaningful, and fun experiences!

Over the past 30 years, LBF has assisted numerous community organizations in Broward County. Recent community projects were completed in conjunction with the following organizations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County; United Way; YMCA of Broward County; Broward Victims Rights Coalition; Lighthouse of Broward; Million Meals of Broward County; SOS Children's Villages; Stranahan House; Women In Distress of Broward County; Covenant House Florida; Broward Educational Foundation; Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation; and New Visions Development Corporation.

Throughout the program year, class members are engaged in community service projects with local non-profit organizations. Class members have the opportunity to review the project proposals submitted by interested organizations at the Community Project Placement Fair in September. At the Community Projects Kick-Off in October, each group meets with the organization's project liaison to begin outlining project goals and objectives. During the course of the LB program, project groups meet independently to plan and implement their project. These projects are both challenging and rewarding. Group members learn to work together as a cohesive team and expand their leadership skills both individually and as a group. The community project process culminates with group presentations on Graduation Day.

Graduation in June consists of a day and an evening program. During the day, community project teams present their accomplishments to their class members and a panel of community judges. During the evening celebration, one group will be recognized for "Best Overall Project". The "Best Overall Project" group receives the Solutions for Communities Award, and the corresponding organization is awarded $1,000. The evening celebration is a formal event for class members, invited guests, and LBF Board of Directors. Class members are individually acknowledged and receive their graduation plaque and the distinguished LB lapel pin, which indicates their status as indoctrinated members into the acclaimed Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc.
 

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