Leadership Brownsville is funded both by a class fee of $450 per enrolled participant and by contributions from the community. Members of the Leadership Brownsville Board of Directors, comprised of past alumni and at-large community members, coordinate the program each year.
One of the important ingredients in building a successful, thriving community is an investment in leadership. Cultivated, trained and motivated community leaders will shape and determine the future in our area.
Leadership Brownsville, Inc., organized in 1985, is one of more than 500 leadership development programs throughout the country. It is an organization steeped in a rich history with a longstanding, strategic desire to impact our community in a lasting and significant way.
Leadership Brownsville provides potential leaders the knowledge to effectively participate in community affairs, to learn the history and demography of our community, to understand its financial and political difficulties and promises, and to become a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.
Leadership Brownsville class members are expected to:
Participants are required to pay a one-time $450 non-refundable fee due on or before the Orientation Session. (Installment Plan available upon request)
Most sessions begin promptly at 7:30AM and conclude at approximately 5:00PM. Times may vary slightly, depending on the session. Participants are expected to attend ALL sessions. Late arrival or early departure from a session will be counted towards the attendance requirements. There will be no excused absences. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS.
A late arrival or early departure will count as a half-day absence (four hours) from a monthly program. Participants will not graduate from the program if they miss more than 16 hours of the program time (equivalent to 2 sessions). Participants may continue attending the sessions with the class but will not graduate with the class that year; they may make up the missed sessions the following year and graduate that year upon completion of all requirements.
Participants are required to attend six civic and/or governmental meetings during the nine-month period. Attendance at these meetings is important to achieve an understanding of how a civic or governmental entity operates. A full explanation of the scheduled meetings will be provided to participants at the Orientation Session. Participants will not graduate from the program if they do not meet the civic requirements. Participants short on civic requirements may continue attending the sessions with the class but will not graduate with the class that year. Participants may make up the civic requirements the following year and attend graduation that year upon completion of all requirements.
Dismissal of a participant may occur when there is/are: