Participants in Leadership Hazleton come from every walk of life and they represent different professions, interests, backgrounds, and talents. However, they DO have one thing in common and that is that they want to see the Greater Hazleton Area become the best it can be in which to live, work and play.
An affiliate of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, established in 1985, is a tuition-based program with participants usually sponsored by their workplaces. Occasionally, scholarships are available for those in need. To participate in Leadership Hazleton, you should demonstrate a concern for the future of the area and have a desire to develop leadership, social, team building and professional skills. Participants attend a two day orientation session, one day per month from October through May, work with a peer group to complete a community service project and a second peer group to plan and execute one of the monthly sessions. Participants learn a great deal about the Greater Hazleton Area, develop new skills to benefit themselves and their community, and their participation provides community visibility for their sponsor/employer.
Junior Leadership Hazleton
Junior Leadership Hazleton is a leadership development and a community awareness program for high school juniors. It was established by Leadership Hazleton and school representatives in 1988. It is guided by the Executive Director of Leadership Hazleton, a Junior Leadership Chairperson and Committee and the Leadership Hazleton Board of Directors.
Junior Leadership offers students the opportunity to work with adult leaders in their community through six day long seminars. The six sessions each have a different focus and topics will vary from year to year. Sessions generally take place 8:30am-2:00pm, once a month August through February, excluding December (a final schedule will be provided later in the spring). Students will be encouraged to join a committee planning their own graduation and will be invited to help plan sessions for the following year’s Junior Leadership Hazleton program.
This in-depth curriculum acquaints participants with community needs, opportunities challenges and resources. It will give them the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and teambuilding skills. It provides them with the opportunity to interact with students from other high schools and community leaders and decision makers.
- Encourage students to recognize and develop the skills needed for leadership potential
- Provide opportunities for a diverse group of students to interact with each other and with community leaders and decision makers
- Acquaint students with community needs, resources and other aspect of the Greater Hazleton Area
Students from Hazleton Area High School, Hazleton Area Career Center, Immanuel Christian School, Marian High School (Greater Hazleton Area Residents Only), MMI Preparatory School, and Weatherly Area High School who will be juniors in the fall of each school year are eligible to apply.
Silver Leadership Hazleton
Established in 1998, Silver Leadership is a five half-day session program for retired and semi-retired persons usually held in October, followed by a graduation in November. To date, there is no charge for the program.