Many progressive local and state communities have formed broad-based leadership organizations to seek out and educate leaders from throughout the community. The goals of Leadership Iberville are:
- Seek out, train and promote high achievers for positions of voluntary responsibility in the community;
- Provide these developing leaders with practical information concerning community problems and issues;
- Establish a communication network among the emerging and existing leaders of the community
- Challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in community affairs.
The class of Leadership Iberville will be a maximum of 20 people. Participants are selected in an effort to reflect the racial, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of Iberville
Parish. Working along side each other, class participants broaden their understanding of community issues and constituencies while they enhance their leadership skills.
Typical guidelines for selection to the program are applicants who:
- Are currently senior policy makers or show a strong possibility of achieving senior policy-shaping positions in their employement or volunteer organizations;
- Have demonstrated a commitment to the community through volunteer work;
- If employed, have the endorcement of their employer;
- Make a commitment to attend every session. Participants who miss more than two sessions are dropped from the program;
- Attendance at the opening and closing sessions are mandatory.
The program begins in September with an opening session, continues through April with a half day or whole day session each month, and ends with a closing session in May. Sessions are conducted by recognized leaders and policy makers whose decisions affect the community in areas including economic development, business, labor, health and human services, education, diversity, environment, criminal justice, city and state government, media and the arts. Graduation is held upon completion of the program.
The tuition for the Leadership Iberville program is $450. Business and other organizations usually pay the tuition for their nominees, althought participants are responsible for their fees and may choose to pay their own tuition.