The Appalachian Leadership Clearinghouse
at Auburn Project will develop and test a model for university support of leadership
development in ARC counties. A key element will be the linking of university
students from Alabama's ARC region with leader/mentors in community service
projects for selected ARC communities. The service projects are intended
to begin building community leadership teams by demonstrating the value
of service and the impact that volunteer efforts can have on a community.
The mechanism for linking students, local leader/mentors, community needs,
and leadership training resources will be the Appalachian Leadership Clearinghouse at Auburn,
which will be maintained at Auburn University. The students will receive
special training before the projects begin, apply that training in the
projects, and then share the lessons learned with other student and mentor
participants via Website information system. The Website will contain a
list of available leadership programs for the benefit of communities that
do not already have them and a list of graduates from this ARC leadership
program and other (local) programs for the purpose of identifying community
leaders in the ARC.
- The percentage
of Appalachian residents participating in leadership development programs
aimed at community improvement will substantially increase.
- All communities and
community organizations will have access to capacity-building activities
to enhance their ability to marshal resources, plan, and develop solutions
to local problems.
Leadership of the
The Student Success Center,
a division of Auburn University Student Affairs, will provide the leadership
of the Appalachian Leadership Clearinghouse at Auburn Project. Partners in the project will
come from across campus in a joint effort to train, identify and match
students with mentors, community leaders in Appalachian Region Communities,
in order to participate in and build civic capacity. This collaborative
effort will use the energies and expertise of the ARC residents, communities,
community organizations and Auburn University resources to meet its goals.
Regional and Local
- Students from Alabama's
ARC region will receive special leadership training at Auburn University
and practical experience in the region.
- Involvement of local
leader/mentors will help to stimulate local interest in community service.
- Networking and successful
service experiences will increase the probability that the students will
return to the region after graduation and become active in civic affairs.
- Communities can then
use the database of leadership programs to select the ones most suitable
- The graduates of these
programs will be asked to allow their names to be included in the database
of leaders, thereby building a mass of identified community leaders and
potential leaders who may serve as mentors for university students in the
- Most importantly,
the Web based available data developed by this project will enhance the
ability of communities to marshal resources, plan, and develop solutions
to local problems.
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