Foundation's LEAD Program kicks off leadership workshop March 25

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Participants learned about FFL's work and mission and were introduced to some of the skills and issues that will be covered in the workshop: civic participation, neighborhood transformation, social justice, leadership development, and civic values, rights and responsibilities. The LEAD Program stands for "Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Development."

Foundation for Louisiana’s LEAD Program, an intensive and inclusive seven-week leadership-training workshop as part of the TOGETHER Initiative, launched on Saturday (March 25) at Dryades Public Market in Central City.

Participants learned about FFL’s work and mission and were introduced to some of the skills and issues that will be covered in the workshop: civic participation, neighborhood transformation, social justice, leadership development, and civic values, rights and responsibilities. In the LEAD Program (or Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, Development), they also will learn to:

• Learn more about Foundation for Louisiana and understanding of the intentions of the LEAD program
• Meet other LEAD participants and begin to develop relationships with others
• Define leadership and gain insights on your leadership style
• Identity social justice interest and envision leading change in their respective communities

After an introduction and welcome from FFL Vice President of Programs Alfredo Cruz, President & CEO Flozell Daniels, Jr. delivered the keynote address. New Orleans Program Officer Ameca Reali, who oversees the TOGETHER Initiative, offered an overview of the programming. She was assisted by facilitator Tanya James.

Lolita M. Ross of Shared Strategy Group explained some of the key concepts of community leadership, including understanding the difference between equity and equality. Guest speakers were Timolynn Sams Sumter, executive director of Neighborhoods Partnership Network, discussing neighborhood transformation; and Lucas Diaz, a Tulane University doctoral candidate, discussing civic leadership and participation.

“We’re excited about the potential for our LEAD program participants to develop the skills that they need to enact positive change through their organizations and communities while building strong relationships with other neighborhood leaders from across the city,” Reali said.

Watch a video from the previous LEAD Program cycle below.

The TOGETHER Initiative is supported by funding from the City of New Orleans through its Network for Economic Opportunity, the Convergence Partnership, Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunities Initiative, JP Morgan Chase, Surdna Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.