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Yakima Valley Rural Leadership 

We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2017 Cohort as we have reached capacity.  We are accepting applications for the wait-list and encourage you to apply using the form at the bottom of this page.

The Foundation identified through its strategic framework a goal of investing in community cohesion and civic engagement.  The Board recently approved a significant investment in support of rural leadership – critically important to our community – specifically in the Lower Valley.  The Foundation partnered with Rural Development Initiatives, a long-time leader in building rural capacity through leadership. The recent publication of the Washington State Leadership Scan  identified gaps in leadership cultivation across the state and further identified that these gaps are more pronounced in rural areas.

Who is an ideal candidate?

  • Those who have an expressed desire to serve their rural community
  • Those who are working towards cultivating and expanding their leadership skills to advance within their organization

  • Those who would like experience working with others outside of their present sector/industry/or field

  • Those who aspire to serve on councils, commissions, boards or elected office

  • Those who are alumni or current high school students or academic institutions that would like to give back to their community

  • Those who would like to cultivate a multi-faceted approach to solving problems by working across sectors and networks

What will I learn?

There are several modules to this curriculum among them are:  Asset-Based Community Development, How to Build Social Capital, Meyers-Briggs Type Indicators, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Effective Meetings, Budgeting, Fund Raising and Catalytic Leadership.

How can I help or participate? 

The inaugural cohort will be identified later this Fall and will begin their work January of 2017, sessions are likely going to take place in Toppenish. If you are ready to apply please complete the form below.

We look forward to your nominations and participation. And thank you for all you do in the Valley.

Schedule of Sessions: Lower Yakima Valley

Kick-Off Session
  • Wed, Jan 25, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Session 1
  • Fri, Feb 10, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sat, Feb 11, 2017 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Session 2
  • Fri, Mar 10, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sat, Mar 11, 2017 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Session 3
  • Fri, Mar 24, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sat, Mar 25, 2017 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Session 4
  • Fri, Apr 14, 2017 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sat, Apr 15, 2017 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Conference of Communities
  • May 12-14, 2017 | Location TBD
Session 5
  • Sat, June 3rd, 2017 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

Session Location:
Toppenish Middle School 104
Goldendale Ave., Room 440
Toppenish, WA 98948

Graduation by June 30th, 2017

If you have any questions please contact grants@yakimavalleycf.org


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Yakima, WA 98901


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