Civic and Community Leaders Professional Development
The Civic and Community Leaders Professional Development Program affords students an opportunity to develop and master skills that are essential for being civically engaged and active in the communities where they live and work. This program provides an excellent opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with Harrisburg, as well as Washington, D.C. Students will not only visit these cities, but engage in learning opportunities including career development and planning, leadership growth and development, community engagement, professional communication and personal communication skills, etiquette skill training, and the group will build an awareness of how public policy is shaped by national and global issues. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with individuals who shape the world we live in—lobbyists, members of think tanks, members of non-profit organizations, members of the media, as well as those who work in the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government.
The highlight of the Civic and Community Leaders Professional Development Program is a rigorous, exciting four-day trip to Washington, D.C. Round-trip travel and accommodations are provided by the Walker Center for all program participants. Throughout the year, participants will also have the opportunity to travel to Harrisburg to learn about Pennsylvania’s state government.
In addition to the trips, participants must be willing to make a yearlong commitment to this program and to the Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP). All participants will be expected to aid in the planning, advertising, and execution of a variety of CCERP’s events, including Congress to Campus, Constitution Week, Voter Registration Drives, and the International Policy Conference. These events will offer students the opportunity to put the skills they learned into action in a variety of ways, and they will also be afforded the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as leaders throughout the year. Students will also be required to create some sort of reflective piece on their experience with the Walker Center—a video, a podcast, a journal—and these pieces will be showcased and archived for future leaders.
For more information, please stop by Huntingdon House or send an email to the Walker Center.