(Warren, August 22, 2018) – After a competitive application process, the 2018 cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program at The Raymond John Wean Foundation has been selected. This group of emerging community leaders will take part in a three-month program designed to cultivate leadership and foster radical imagination.

“The complexity of challenges today requires leaders to think and act in radically imaginative ways. Traditional leadership development approaches are not sufficient for equipping people to lead system shifting change,” said Program Officer, Corrie Adams. “The Emerging Leaders Program provides residents with the environment and tools to activate their passions toward the creation of a vibrant, equitable Mahoning Valley.”

This year’s cohort includes individuals representing a wide range of organizations, including The Links, Inc., Trumbull County Land Bank, United Returning Citizens, Youngstown Areas Goodwill Industries and Inspiring Minds Warren, among others. Coming together from across the Mahoning Valley, these passionate individuals share a common goal of building their capacity for realized change.

Leaders will participate in a two-day intensive retreat and weekly comprehensive workshops and immersion learning sessions covering topics including self-awareness, negotiation, civic participation and systems change. The cohort will also participate in a half-day Racial Equity Institute Groundwater training.

Since 2013, the Emerging Leaders Program has developed the unique potential of 61 resident leaders affecting change and influencing leadership in their communities. Past participants continue to gain and share their experience through an alumni association; additional training; civic engagement and volunteerism; public leadership appointments; and entrepreneurial endeavors.

The 2018 Emerging Leaders are:

TaRee Avery, Youngstown
Dionne Dowdy, Youngstown
Rachel Dunn, Warren
Allison Farrell, Warren
Korey Gall, Warren
Jessica King, Cortland
Margaret Person, Girard
Charlene Pittman, Warren
Honeya Price, Warren
Stacy Quinones, Youngstown
Geraldine Richardson, Warren
Denis Robinson, Youngstown
Lester Scott, Youngstown
Jordan Wilkins, Youngstown