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Leadership Golden Belt accepting applications
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Leadership Golden Belt is accepting applications for the 2011 class, which begins Sept. 9.

The program, which is going into its fourth year, focuses on educating and training local citizens to become community leaders through the combination of a skills-based curriculum and purpose oriented site visits. Leadership Golden Belt hopes to develop leadership skills of individuals in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties to motivate them to contribute, enhance, and engage in a strong and effective community. The program aims to create a large pool of local leaders who are dedicated to making the Golden Belt Region a great place to live, work, and play.

This year’s class will include several community tours meeting in various locations throughout Stafford, Rush, Pawnee, and Barton counties. Class members will be trained in 21st Century Leadership skills such as community visioning & convening, group facilitation, learning styles, and skillful collaboration. Participants will also receive training based on the Kansas Leadership Center’s Competencies for Civic Leadership. Participants will focus on topics centered on how to diagnose a situation, energize others, manage self, and intervene skillfully.

The program is a joint effort between the Golden Belt Community Foundation and the Great Bend and Larned Chambers of Commerce. The Leadership Golden Belt 2011 class is open to any interested individuals who live or work in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties. For more information or an application, contact Kristy Rupe, Program Officer, at (620) 792-3000. Informational brochures and applications are available to download at the Golden Belt Community Foundation website,