Community Leadership Series

The application for the Community Leadership Series Class of 2016 is now available!
Click Here to apply online. 


The Community Leadership Series, LHA’s core program established in 1987, is a 9-month, 100+ hour educational & experiential course that explores these “systems” that affect the quality of life in the Capital Region.

  • Arts, Culture & Recreation
  • Economic Development
  • Human Services
  • Healthcare
  • Justice & Public Safety
  • Education
  • Government

The Community Leadership Series also overviews the history of the Capital Region, demographics, challenges, and opportunities.  In terms of professional development, CLS includes a temperament assessment; project management applications; an overview of community service as a professional development tool; and an introduction to the principles and applications of Servant Leadership.

In addition to attending an overnight retreat and monthly sessions, participants are required to volunteer on a pre-screened and selected Team Project for a local nonprofit organization with the objective to learn new, and strengthen existing, skill sets that will improve both job performance as well as future community service efforts.

The Community Leadership Series accepts applications from January through May of each new year. Forty participants, on average, are selected through a competitive process and notified of their acceptance in June. The course runs annually from September through May.

To apply for the upcoming Community Leadership Series, Click Here for an application.

To review a list of current participants, click on this Class Roster: Class of 2015

For the Community Leadership Series Employer/Sponsor page only, Click Here

To sponsor or attend the CLS Graduation and Alumni Reunion on Friday, May 15, 2015, Click Here.