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Greater Allegany County Chamber

6087 State route 19n
Belmont, New York 14813
USA

585-268-5500

Gretchen Hanchett
585-268-5500

Mission

The Leadership Allegany curriculum follows the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, created by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. The model promotes two key concepts: leadership for the purpose of positive change and leadership as a process. Based on the flow of the Social Change Model, students begin the year by exploring leadership from the standpoint of the individual. They take a StrengthQuest assessment and begin to gain a thorough understanding of their personal leadership abilities. They consider how their beliefs, attitudes, values and emotions motivate them and guide their actions. We strive to help students become self-aware and pro-active in terms of their leadership commitment. Next, students explore group dynamics. They consider topics from the Social Change Model like collaboration and common purpose. They learn that leadership is relational and should transcend personal goals. Finally, the students study leadership in the context of community and society. During this phase, the conversation shifts to active engagement, citizenship and civic responsibility. Students delve into questions about trust, shared vision, and appreciation of differences. The curriculum includes the development of a personal leadership vision statement and the completion of a service project designed to effect positive change in Allegany County – hands on activities which put the students’ learning into practice.

Description

Leadership Allegany is a joint initiative of Houghton College and the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. The program provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities. Participants meet two times a month for ten months, including a full-day opening retreat. Industry days provide participants with an in-depth, insider’s view of Allegany County industries through the professionals who lead them – including government, the judicial system, manufacturing, agriculture, and many more. They engage in site tours, hear from speakers, and enjoy panel discussions. Curriculum sessions challenge participants to dig deep into their leadership values using the Social Model for Leadership, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. They begin by exploring their own personal strengths, moving gradually from the self to small group engagement to community impact. Participants work in small groups throughout the year to plan an industry day and conduct a community service project that supports individuals or service organizations in the county. Participants also write a personal leadership development plan. At the conclusion of the year, students are honored at a community event and graduation ceremony. As alumni of Leadership Allegany, our graduates have many opportunities to become engaged in and volunteer for the program. They return for alumni events and receive a quarterly newsletter.

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