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Fanning Institute summer programs develop leadership skills for youths and adults

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Fanning Institute in the Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach will teach leadership skills to more than 140 youths and adults in six different workshops offered on campus this summer.

This week, migrant youths from across the state are participating in Leadership Sin Limites! (Migrant Education) at UGA. During the six-day residential program, 25 high school students are experiencing college, taking part in team-building activities and leadership development, studying youth and Latino/migrant issues, and planning a community service project they will complete in their home communities. The program will be repeated July 8-13, and 35 students from around the state are registered. Participants will return to UGA for a one-day follow-up session in January, when they will make a presentation on their completed community service projects.

The Executive Leadership Program in Nonprofit Organizations-a professional development program for emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector-will take place June 17-22 on campus. The 20 participants will explore what it takes to be successful leaders and learn about their personal leadership styles. In addition, they will study such topics as nonprofit governance, risk management and strategic thinking. Along with the Fanning Institute, other sponsors of the workshop include Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

During the week of June 24-28, Fanning Institute will host College Bound, a residential pre-collegiate program for high school students in foster care. Funded by the nsoro Educational Foundation, the program will bring 28 students to campus to learn about college preparation, the college application process and new opportunities.

Camp College will take place July 15-21 at three college campuses across the state: UGA, South Georgia Technical College and Andrew College. Twenty-six youths from a nine-county region in Southwest Georgia have been selected to participate in this leadership development program and college experience. Participants will explore entrepreneurship through such activities as playing the stock market game, developing a business plan, talking with small business owners and going on field trips to local businesses. Camp College is supported with funds from a federal grant through Congressman Sanford Bishop’s office and the Fanning Institute.

Already underway, the second cohort of Atlanta Regional Commission employees began a one-year leadership development program being conducted by the staff of the Fanning Institute. The 11 participants are engaging in four immersion sessions to build and implement leadership skills.

The Fanning Institute-a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia-partners with communities and non-profit organizations to strengthen capacity, enhance leadership and foster economic prosperity. For more information, see