ALP Enhances Effectiveness of Community Leadership Programs Amid COVID Challenges
For the last few months ALP has been a convener and facilitator for community leadership programs going virtual and digital with their programming. Program members have shared their technology expertise, innovative ideas, and experience in adapting community leadership development to virtual platforms and social distancing.
At the onset of COVID challenges, ALP Immediately recognized the opportunity to assist community leadership programs in adapting and responding to situation. Following three months of free virtual learning sessions to support community leadership programs across the country, the Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) held a two day virtual conference at the end of July with over 300 attendees at the conference from more than 100 community leadership programs across 23 state. This exciting paradigm shift from a traditional conference to fully online further demonstrated ALP’s ability to adapt and innovate.
Examples of member programs responding to the new opportunities include:
Leadership Rhode Island - launch of a national network of CLP alumni meeting and discussing important issues
Leadership Louisville Center – virtual events offered to members had increase of 500% in attendance
Leadership Austin – development of strategic plan specific for these uncertain times
While we are all in the same COVID storm, we are not all in the same boat. When asked to name one idea received through some of ALP’s virtual connecting of peers, Alisha Blain-Warner with Leadership Thurston County, WA responded with “…so many Zoom tips and tricks…I am not alone…Zoom etiquette for participants and presenters…unlimited presenter ideas since we are virtual.”
With initiative and encouragement from ALP and its members, community leadership programs across the country are adapting and responding to their unique situation in creative ways to continue developing community leaders prepared for the future.