County invites applicants to 2023 spring Leadership Program

Marion County Leadership Program participants visit the Diamond Vista wind project in northern Marion County in the fall of 2022 during one of the scheduled county-wide tour days associated with the program.

Marion County residents who long to improve their communities have an opportunity to participate in Marion County Leadership Program, a program designed to teach leadership skills while learning about community challenges and strengths. Up to 20 participants are being sought to participate in the six-week program facilitated by the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) and funded by the Marion County Leadership Endowment held by Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF).

Six weekly sessions will be held beginning April 6 with a graduation celebration at the end of the program. Some sessions will consist of programming brought to Marion County by the KLC and other days will focus on touring the county and igniting discussion on various topics. Participants will make connections, gain insights about Marion County and practice leadership skills to make progress on local challenges.

In 2021, local leaders along with KLC and CKCF recognized an opportunity to restructure the Leadership Marion County project following a seven-year hiatus due to lack of local coordination. The re-invented program kicked off in the fall of 2022 was well received, with 10 graduates from various communities throughout the County.

“This program not only highlights many of the great things about Marion County, but also gives participants the chance to learn about local challenges and ways to make a difference through individual and community roles. All are invited to join the conversation and work toward meaningful change. Everyone has the power to make a difference,” said Tina Spencer, Marion County Clerk and Marion County Leadership Program committee member.

The program schedule and application are available online at www.marioncoks.net under News and Announcements. Applicants must commit to actively participating in all sessions, from the first session April 6 through the final session on May 18. The program registration fee is $50.00. Application deadline is March 17, 2023. Grant funds will cover meals and transportation, materials, and KLC tuition. For more information, contact Ashley Herpich at the County Clerk’s office at (620) 382-2185.

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