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Community Leadership Series Application

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Thank you for your interest in applying for the Community Leadership Series. We are currently accepting applications for the Class of 2025. Please read the instructions prior to completing the online application form. The application form and all attachments must be submitted by Friday, June 7, 2024 in order to be considered.

  1. Read EXPECTATIONS and agree to the terms.
  2. Complete APPLICANT INFORMATION section.
  3. Respond to the ESSAY questions and upload your file.
  4. Review PAYMENT INFORMATION and agree to the terms.
  5. In the EMPLOYER/SPONSOR RESPONSIBILITY section, please download the form, secure the required signatures, and then upload the signed form.
  6. IF APPLICABLE, complete the SCHOLARSHIP section.

Please complete the application form for the Community Leadership Series by Friday, June 7, 2024.

2024-2025 CLS Schedule

Opening Retreat: September 5 & 6, 2024

Session Dates:
2024 – October 2,  November 6,  December 4
2025- January 8,  February 5,  March 5,  April 2,  May 7

Graduation: May 2025 (Date TBD)


Tuition for the Community Leadership Series is $3,500. No payment is required at the time of application.

The Community Leadership Series includes approximately 100 hours of session time. To graduate from the Community Leadership Series, a participant is expected to attend all sessions. CLS includes a two-day, overnight retreat each September, and full-day sessions are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month from October through May. Attendance at the two-day retreat is mandatory. Attendance at each of the monthly sessions is required. Two excused absences (or a total of 17 session hours) will be permitted during the series (not including the Opening Retreat). Participants who miss more than 17 session hours or two monthly sessions, for any reason, will not be permitted to graduate. The tuition will not be refunded.

An experiential service project for a local non-profit organization is part of the Community Leadership Series. Each participant will select a project from a pre-determined group and will be expected to produce an agreed-upon outcome for the non-profit organizational partner. Team Project activities are above and beyond the 100 hours of session time. CLS participants should plan to devote between 20-50 additional hours to the Team Project during the Community Leadership Series.

By submitting this application, I understand and affirm that the purpose of the Community Leadership Series is to increase my awareness and understanding about the Capital Region while learning the principles and practices of servant leadership. If selected, I will devote the time and efforts necessary to complete the program. I understand the expectations, agree to be bound by them, and upon graduation will seek meaningful ways to benefit the community through active participation.

All participants will be issued a liability waiver form upon acceptance into the program.