Leadership Lafayette Community Leadership Program

Community Leadership Program


Community Leadership Program

Who Participates in Leadership Lafayette?

Since 1982, Leadership Lafayette participants have come from all walks of life and represented a variety of cultures, experiences, occupations, and ages. See who you might know in the list of our program Alumni.

Leadership Lafayette actively seeks program applicants and selects participants representative of diverse sectors from within our community who are interested in learning more about how they might get involved and invest their time and talents in service of organizations who are committed to strengthening our shared quality of life.

Up to 60 participants are chosen by a selection committee comprised of board members and program Alumni for the annual Community Leadership Program. Check out the proposed Class Schedule for details.

Why should I join Leadership Lafayette?

As a Community Leadership Program participant you will:

  • Build relationships with class participants, facilitators, program alumni, and community leaders
  • Increase your awareness of current issues in human services, education, arts, and government
  • Develop your leadership skills for individual growth and civic engagement
  • Identify your personal strengths and discover collaborative leadership tools
  • Define ethical leadership practices and explore your personal service mission
  • Learn about nonprofit organizations and how you can help strengthen our community

What can I experience in the program?

After confirming acceptance in the program, participants will:

  • Attend a 2-day Opening Retreat in mid-September.
  • Participate in Class Sessions focusing on leadership development and civic engagement.
  • Sessions are typically held on Thursday afternoons approximately once a month between Labor Day and Memorial Day
  • Plan and execute the annual Volunteer Expo as a Class Community Service Project.
  • Encourage your organizational sponsor, family, friends, and community partners to join you in attending your Graduation Celebration in mid-May.
  • Give back in service to the community following program completion.

Where does the program meet?

Leadership Lafayette program activities are held in a variety of locations throughout the community to help participants learn more about area businesses, nonprofit organizations, and area services.
Program locations have included:

  • Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
  • Boiler Challenge Course
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Carnahan Hall
  • Caterpillar 
  • Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette
  • Dauch Alumni Center
  • Duncan Hall
  • Food Finders Food Bank
  • Fowler House
  • Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health
  • GE Aviation
  • Harrison College
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • Lafayette Country Club
  • LTHC Homeless Services
  • Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • Purdue University First Street Towers
  • Right Steps Child Development Centers
  • Rugged Xscape
  • Tippecanoe Arts Federation
  • Tippecanoe County Courthouse
  • Tippecanoe County Historical Association
  • Wabash National's Innovation Center
  • Westminster Village

How do I apply for the program?

Applications are available each spring and accepted through July 1.
*Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis following submission deadline if capacity allows.

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What does it cost to participate?

Tuition is $1,800 per participant. Businesses and community organizations are encouraged to sponsor employees as participants.

Leadership Lafayette is an independent nonprofit organization. Thanks to the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations, the Community Leadership Program is made available to participants at less than half the cost of actual program delivery.

Tuition assistance is available through Need-Based Scholarships for candidates from small businesses and nonprofit organizations or individuals who are self-sponsoring tuition. 

Leadership Lafayette strives to ensure that participants represent the diverse fabric of our community and no eligible candidates are denied participation due to financial need.