Leadership Lawrence Class Session Info

KU students are invited by LL to fully participate in one class session of their choice! The cost of attending the session will be fully covered. Leadership Lawrence class sessions happen monthly from October through April of the following year.  Each day long class session covers a specific topic of community interest. Classes happen monthly from 7:15 AM- 5:30 PM. 2017-2018 class section and learning outcomes for the day are listed below.

Civic Responsibility Day – October 26, 2017
  • Gain knowledge of the Civic Involvement opportunities and challenges in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify the economic impact Civic Involvement has on Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of how to get involved in a variety of community service activities in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Participate in a service project as a class or in small groups.
  • Receive training on how to be an effective board member.
Education Day – November 16, 2017
  • Gain knowledge of the educational opportunities and challenges in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify the impact that education (K-12 and Higher Ed) have on Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the primary sources of funding for public education.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of educational opportunities available in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify gaps and issues of equity in educational opportunities in Lawrence and Douglas County and their impact on the community.
Arts and Entertainment Day – December 7, 2017
  • Gain knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of the arts in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify the economic impact the arts and tourism have on Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Introduce the class to the wide variety of the arts and the history of the arts in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Introduce a variety of art and tourism venues available in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Community Health Day – January 11, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of health in our community, including physical health, mental health and overall wellness.
  • Introduce the class to a variety of health systems in the community, how they work together and where there are gaps or overlaps in services.
  • Gain an understanding of the fiscal impact of health services and person wellness on the community.
  • Identify the variety of recreational opportunities that exist in Lawrence and Douglas County
  • Identify the challenges of meeting the community health needs of Lawrence and Douglas County
  • Recognize the importance of comprehensive wellness, both personal and community
Social Services Day - February 1, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of the Social Service opportunities and challenges in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Develop an understanding of the human services available in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify the challenges of meeting the human service needs in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Introduce the class to the wide variety of human services agencies available to residents of Lawrence and Douglas County.
Local Government Day – February 22, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of local government’s opportunities and challenges in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Identify the economic impact government has on Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the City Commission and County Commission.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the court system in Lawrence and Douglas County and its work with law enforcement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process to run for office or work on a political campaign.
State Government Day – March 6, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of state government operations and procedures.
  • Meet state representatives and senators, in the state capitol.
  • Gain understanding of fiscal impacts state government decisions have on local economy.
  • Meet with members of the state court system.
Communications Day – March 29, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of the variety of media outlets in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Evaluate current issues in our community focusing on the idea of civility in communication.
  • Understand the basic tenets of media communications, including the digital environment.
  • Learn the importance of crisis communications planning.
  • Understand the role and responsibility of a media consumer.
Economic Development Day – April 12, 2018
  • Gain knowledge of the economic opportunities and challenges in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Evaluate how Education, Arts, Media, Social Services, Health Care, Civic Involvement, Government and Business impact and are impacted by economic development in Lawrence and Douglas County.
  • Determine the fiscal impact of incentives to the stakeholders.
  • Understand the three legs of economic development in Lawrence and Douglas County: Recruitment, Retention/Expansion and Entrepreneurship.
  • Develop an understanding of the variety of businesses in the community and the importance of buying local.

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