LeadershipXchanges will build cohorts of 8-10 students from both rural and urban backgrounds. These cohorts of future leaders will engage in a series of discussion and activity sessions, sight-seeing and service projects in the host community, and intentional efforts to continue collaborating post-exchange.
If you are a student enrolled at a 2 or 4 year undergraduate college or university and would like to express interest in joining a LeadershipXchange cohort please fill out this short application.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Partner School, bringing a LeadershipXchange to your community, or in opportunities to sponsor a LeadershipXchange, please contact us.
NEW: Virtual LeadershipXchange
Our story as a country begins with our stories as individuals. Where and how each of us grew up, the communities and identities that shaped who we are and the strengths we each bring to the table. We come from backgrounds as vast as the country itself. Instead of allowing that reality to entrench us in polarized politics and opposed identities, it is time to celebrate our differences as an opportunity for collaborative, innovative leadership that can mutually benefit the communities we each hold dear.
In this very special 2021 LeadershipXchange each small group will be made up of 10-12 students from both urban and rural backgrounds. Together you will engage in a series of four 1 hour workshops to foster innovative collaboration between people from different geographic backgrounds and cultivate professional leadership skills. The program will take place virtually this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this very short survey: https://forms.gle/oJKCZ155i1SWg6em8
For our very LeadershipXchange, we decided to begin where in 1607 the earliest colony, Jamestown, was established. 170 years later, the colonies became a country called the United States of America, and elected their first president, who hailed from the same great state of Virginia.
Virginia has been the battleground for many of our country’s greatest struggles – economic, racial, and political. Today, Virginia faces political polarization and economic disparity that mirrors the rest of the country.
But from challenges arise opportunity, and no state knows that better than Virginia. Virginians are rising to the challenge of bridging divides to collaboratively envision a future where people from all backgrounds work together to achieve common goals.
The LeadershipXchange: Virginia training program invites students at universities and community colleges across the state to engage in collaboration and cooperation across the urban/rural divide. The training brings together participants from both rural and urban backgrounds, regardless of political affiliation, race, religion, or gender.
If you are a student enrolled at a 2 or 4 year undergraduate institution in Virginia and would like to express interest in joining a LeadershipXchange cohort please fill out this short application.