Applications are Still Being Accepted for the Leadership Somerset Class of 2015

Adults who live or work in Somerset County are invited to apply for the Leadership Somerset Class of 2015. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 31. Benefits of the program include networking with community leaders, discovering Somerset County resources, exploring capacities of positive leadership, enhancing team and leadership skills and making an impact.
Discover Somerset County Resources
Each month, the program focuses on a different subject matter, including Government, Economy, Housing, Justice and Public Safety, Human Services, Arts and History, Community Health, Environment, Diversity and Lifelong Learning.  In addition to our guest speakers, class trips offer new perspectives and access to a variety of resources.
Network with Community Leaders
You may be surprised by what you learn from other community leaders and subject-matter experts.  Leadership Somerset Fellows are an exclusive network of over 340 thoughtful, dedicated leaders who make a positive impact in the community. 
Build Capacities of Positive Leadership
Each of us has a unique combination of strengths, talents and values. How do you define leadership? We will discuss different capacities of positive leadership. In addition, Leadership Somerset will explore strengths and stressors with a True Colors assessment.  Understanding our strengths and style preferences helps us to improve our ability to work with others. 
Enhance Team and Leadership Skills
“Class members enhance their leadership skills through problem-solving, participating in class projects and networking with community leaders,” said Freeholder Peter S. Palmer, liaison of the Leadership Somerset program.”
Make a Positive Impact
What is your passion? Every year, Leadership Somerset participants complete a class project for the benefit of the community. From the implementation of youth programs, blood drives and financial literacy programs to working with local nonprofit organizations, Leadership Somerset Fellows have made a difference.
Sessions are held once a month, on a week day, starting in January. (No session will be held in November.)  Classes start between 8-8:30 a.m. and end by 5 p.m.
The majority of the cost to attend the 11-month program is underwritten by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Leadership Somerset participants are asked to contribute a program fee of $350 for the year, which includes participation in all sessions and meals.  Limited scholarships based on financial need are available.  A diverse group of applicants will be selected in November to begin the program in January.

Established in 2000, Leadership Somerset is sponsored by Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Business Partnership, Raritan Valley Community College and the United Way of Northern New Jersey.