We want to invite you to register for the Community Scholar Leadership Development Program beginning this Fall. It is offered by I-LEAD, founder of ACE and the Partnership Site program, which has been training grassroots community leaders for more than 20 years. The Leadership program consists of eight, 90-minute workshops, delivered via zoom on a monthly basis. We will talk about familiar leadership skills such as goal setting and team building, but approach these topics through a unique lens of personal growth. The workshops focus on strengthening participants’ skills in the leadership arenas of mindfulness, compassion, visioning, willpower and resilience.
Workshop time will be used to introduce a practice(s) that corresponds to these leadership arenas for participants to try out during the month. Prior to the next session, participants will meet 1:1 (via zoom) with a program coach from I-LEAD staff to review the practices and together discuss observations, reflections, and questions to date. The subsequent workshop will begin with a facilitated period of sharing and reflection about participants’ experiences with the practice for that month.
I-LEAD is providing a full scholarship for this program to all Harcum Community Scholars and a copy of the associated guidebook The Inward Sun by David Castro. With full participation, students will earn a Leadership Certificate from Harcum. While not credit bearing, the Leadership Certificate is a valuable credential to add to your professional profile.
Given the Monday-Thursday evening class schedules of ACE students, we will plan to meet on Fridays from 6-7:30 pm. Please register here for the Leadership Program. An I-LEAD team member will reach out to each person who signs up to discuss the program further and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, please reach out to [email protected] We look forward to meeting you!
Joan majors is a current student, enrolled in the business management program at the Delaware County Partnership Site. Like many students, Ms. Majors had a unique pathway into the program. She wasn’t looking for another career or an associate degree after retiring from her 26 year tenure at Temple University. She was caring for her mother and grateful for the additional time to devote to that relationship. And while providing this care, Joan developed a new hobby to help her focus and relieve stress – the therapeutic art of jewelry making. Initiated as a personal wellness practice, friends began asking if any of the pieces were for sale, and the idea of a home-based business sparked in her mind.
About the same time, Joan made a presentation about a ministry she began to a local community group. The group’s organizer, Ms. Veronica Norris, earned a degree through the ACE Partnership Site program, and thought the program would be of benefit to Joan as she builds both her ministry and new jewelry making business. “The program sounded doable – a two year commitment, two evenings per week. Ms. V encouraged me to give it a try. What did I have to lose!”
Now beginning her second semester, Ms. Majors is thoroughly enjoying the experience. She appreciates that the structure of the program is geared toward working adults with only two evenings per week of class time. She’s been impressed by instructors who facilitate class members getting to know one another, even in a virtual zoom-based environment. She notes that instructors also recognize that adult learners may have been out of the classroom for (some time) and skillfully incorporate instruction in writing and grammar into class content. She learned, for example, that the language one uses when writing for a professional audience is not the same as everyday speech. Joan speaks particularly highly of a professor who uses a very interactive teaching style that involves students in instruction while affirming the value of their personal and professional experiences as adult learners. He inspired discussion by presenting scenarios related to the course subject and asking students, “what would you do? How would you handle this?” Overall, Ms. Majors appreciates the person-centered and supportive atmosphere of the program. “Professors are available before class. When I call the school, someone picks up the phone. Partnership Site staff communicate that they’re here to help. I like having my hand held!”
Perhaps most importantly, Joan is experiencing the program as a safe place to learn and grow. While revealing what one doesn’t know to class members and instructors has not been comfortable in the moment, it has resulted in openness of mind to new information, perspectives, and possibilities. It has also promoted Joan’s curiosity and courage as future questions arise.
Ms. Majors looks forward to continuing her educational journey and earning an associate Degree in business management, acquiring skills to grow not only her home-based business but her self as well.
For more information about Ms. Majors jewelry creations, click here.
Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t should on yourself?” It refers to automatic negative thoughts like I should do that…I should have already done that…I should be more like them.. For those of us familiar with these phrases, recognize them as forms of subtle aggression toward ourselves. That tape of self-judgment that plays in our minds actually does harm to our own being. Author, researcher and professor Brene Brown has made it her life’s work to help people not ‘should’ on themselves. In a series of podcasts based on her book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are you may find some freedom and fresh space to let go of those ‘shoulds’ that can unconsciously hold us back. The series is called “Unlocking Us” and can be found on Spotify and via this link: https://brenebrown.com/unlockingus/.