I had the opportunity to speak with Celia King and Laurel Dumont from Leadership Newark, a non-profit organization designed to develop and enhance leadership skills of individuals committed to the City of Newark. Leadership Newark has been in Newark for over ten years, bringing individuals into two-year fellowships where they are given the chance to get a grasp of issues that challenge the city; network with similarly-minded individuals; and develop their own talents, abilities and interests to tackle some of those issues.
The interview is about 28 minutes. Press the play button below to listen.
For more details on the discussion, click through below.
I was really fascinated with the model of this organization in that it looks to develop people and connect them with the organizations that are already functioning in the city. Leadership Newark is currently offering Newarkers two opportunities to serve their communities, which we discuss in detail on the podcast:
- taking board service training courses to learn how to serve on a non-profit board near you (Change the World, Start in Newark, application) — HURRY! Classes start this Saturday, June 21st.
- joining the Leadership Newark Class of 2010 (brochure, application) — application deadline: June 27th
On the podcast, we discussed:
- The history of Leadership Newark and how the organization operates in the city
- The board service training courses being offered and how Newarkers can get involved in organizations serving their neighborhoods
- What it’s like to serve on the board of a non-profit organization
- How the city has changed through the work of Leadership Newark
- Why Laurel got involved with the organization
- How civic participation has changed in Newark in recent years
- Bonus! What will Newark be like in five years?