The NACADA Board of Directors recently approved a new program,The Emerging Leader Program
, which has the goal of increasing the number of leaders from diverse groups in elected and appointed positions. The program will encourage members from diverse groups to get involved in leadership opportunities in their area of interest or expertise and to outfit the participants with the skills, tools, and resources as well as provide intentional and personal mentoring relationship with a past or current NACADA leader.
Ten Emerging Leaders will be selected annually to participate in the two-year program. In addition to partnering each participant with a NACADA leader in a mentoring relationship, selected participants will be provided funding to attend the Annual Conference in the first year of the program and meet with their mentors to develop an Action Plan for their two years in the program. Ten mentors will also be selected to work directly with the Emerging Leaders during this two year time.
Participants in the Emerging Leader program will be expected to:
- Agree to a two-year obligation with a mentor
- When applying for the program, provide information on goals, needs, level of participation desired (state, regional, national, etc), and any specific level of expertise wanted in a mentor
- With guidance and support, provide a written plan for year-long leadership development to their assigned mentor
- Provide monthly progress reports to the mentor on goals
- Attend at least one state, regional, or national conference with mentor and while attending, meet one-on-one with the mentor to discuss future expectations and/or past progress
- Attend gathering at regional or national conferences to meet others in the program
- Become involved in a NACADA leadership role at whatever level participant is comfortable
- At whatever level a participant is involved, provide monthly progress reports to the mentor
- Participate in mid-year and end of year evaluations with the mentor
- Conduct evaluation of the mentor and the program at the end of each year and report those evaluations to NACADA
- Produce, with the mentor's help, a presentation, article, or some other form of communication on the participant's experience in the program
- Assist in the selection/assignment process of future participants and mentors as the participant is leaving the program
The mentors in the program will be expected to:
- Agree to a two-year obligation with a participant
- Attend mentor training at the Annual Conference
- Make personal contact with the participant as soon as one is assigned
- Map out joint expectations and obligations, the role of each person involved, and what will be done over the next three years
- Make contact with participant, via phone or email or letter, at least once a month to discuss progress or to check in
- Provide information and insight into the workings of NACADA
- Inform participant of leadership opportunities in NACADA and encourage him/her to take part at the participant's comfort level
- Participate in mid-year and end-of-year evaluations of program's progress
- Whenever possible, meet one-on-one with participant to discuss future expectations and/or past progress
- Attend gathering at regional or national conferences to introduce the participant to others in the program
- Assist participant in producing a presentation for regional or national conferences or an article for the NACADA Journal regarding the participant's plan, learning outcomes, and reasons why the participant became involved
- Act as a source of general information and someone the participant can speak to about career plans and concerns
- Assist in the selection/assignment process of participants to mentors as their participant is leaving the program.
Applications and nominations for Emerging Leader participants and mentors will be accepted beginning April 1, 2007. For additional information on the program, please go to www.nacada.ksu.edu.
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