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Learn to Lead

Bloomington Learn to Lead Initiative

What is Bloomington Learn to Lead Initiative?

This free program is designed to empower individuals to become involved in local municipal government including city, school district and nonprofit boards and commissions. Over the course of six months, participants will learn how local government functions and the role nonprofit organizations serve in the community. Leadership skills will be developed through educational sessions and one-on-one mentoring with City and community officials.

Who is a good candidate?

The City of Bloomington is looking for candidates who offer a combination of these profiles:

  • Passion and commitment to improving the Bloomington community.
  • Desire to learn and develop leadership skills, which can be applied to civic and nonprofit organizations.
  • Bring a unique perspective and/or experience as a member of or working with an underrepresented community.
  • Strong interest in networking and building relationships with City and local nonprofit staff and elected officials.

Time commitment

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours over a six-month period. Space is limited and participants are expected to attend all sessions.

2017 program schedule

Topic Date Time
Program Kick-Off Monday, May 15 5 – 8 p.m.
Government 101 Saturday, June 10 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner Session Tuesday, June 20 6 – 8 p.m.
Infrastructure Saturday, July 15 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner Session Tuesday, July 25 6 – 8 p.m.
Safety Saturday, August 12 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
City Services Saturday, September 9 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner Session Tuesday, September 19 6 – 8 p.m.
Community Organizing Saturday, October 14 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner Session Tuesday, October 24 6 – 8 p.m.
Capstone Presentation Monday, November 20 5 – 7 p.m.

Capstone project

Participants will complete their training with a capstone project demonstrating what they have learned and will share with City Council and their communities.

Application deadline

April 21, 2017. Preference given to Bloomington residents.


Contact Melissa Wurst-Persaud, 952-563-4950