The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Program has been selected to receive a 2013 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award from Synergy and Leadership Exchange. This award recognizes the character and ethical leadership development exhibited by the Neighborhood Leadership Program.
The Neighborhood Leadership Program
(NLP) develops the skills of existing and emerging community leaders. The program reflects a collaborative leadership model founded on the belief that all people can be leaders. By taking part in the program, participants enhance their ability to act on important community issues.
“It continues to be my privilege to work with and for such incredible community members engaged in such great work in our community,” said Senior Community Leadership Manager Damon Shoholm. “The Ethical Leadership Award is a testament to our dedicated participants who give so much to the program and to their communities.” Staff from the Neighborhood Leadership Program will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 16 at the Minnesota State Capitol.
The Ethical Leadership Award announcement comes on the heels of the Neighborhood Leadership Program’s 2013 graduation ceremony, held April 24 at Wilder Center. At the event participants of the 6-month cohort reflected on their experiences and what they will bring to their communities. Heidi Kloempken and Sarah Gerdes of the 2012-2013 graduation class had the following to share about NLP:
At every NLP meeting there was a sense of excitement for seeing peers, catching up with neighbors, and eagerness for what the day’s schedule held. Coming from different neighborhoods and connections within St. Paul, we were learning skills to give back to our beloved city. We walked out of every single NLP session encouraged by the people around us. We are inspired by their dedication, thoughtfulness, and care for their neighbors and the community that we have begun to build. We are grateful for the community we have built together, as well as the experiences we will bring to our individual neighborhoods.
Learn more about the Neighborhood Leadership Program’s unique approach to leadership development in our Community Matters Blog