Emerging Leaders Program

The East Lansing Emerging Leaders Program is a six-week course in civic engagement, which supports today's emerging leaders. The program is free.

Participants will hone leadership and public service skills by learning about a variety of topics with courses taught by  a range of local business, community and government leaders.

By the end of the six weeks, graduates will:

  • have a broad understanding of the community;
  • become comfortable and skilled neighborhood leaders;
  • serve as a community resource for information;
  • be prepared to serve on a City sanctioned board or commission;
  • develop a network of neighborhood contacts; and
  • be positioned to become positively engaged in community service.
Many past graduates have gone on to serve as members of neighborhood associations, City boards and commissions and City Council.

If interested, please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION by January 30, 2015.

All applicants must be East Lansing residents (either homeowner or renter) and 18 years or older. Applicants must complete an application and participate in an evaluation and selection process. Applicants cannot be running for, or currently serving in, an elected office.

 2015 Key Dates
 Registration Deadline  January 30
 Application Review  February 2-6
 Participants Notified  February 9-13
 Regular Sessions  February 19-April 16
 Graduation  April 21

Time Commitment
Over the six-week course, participants will be required to spend 12 hours in classroom instruction and an additional one to three hours per week of out-of-classroom time engaged in various activities of their choosing. In order to graduate, participants will be required to accumulate a minimum of 10 hours of classroom time, five hours of out-of-classroom time and complete a group proposal for a community building project.