Eastgate Employee selected for Wean Foundation's 2017 Emerging Leaders Program

Sep 11, 2017
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After a competitive application process, the Emerging Leaders Selection Committee has chosen 15 engaged residents from Warren and Youngstown for the 2017 Emerging Leaders program at The Raymond John Wean Foundation.

Justin Mondok of Eastgate was selected as one of the 15 to participate in the program. Justin works on environmental planning and GIS including water quality, air quality, and Eastgate's commuter service Gohio Commute. Outside the office, Justin volunteers his time with multiple community organizations and events, such as the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Youngstown CityScape, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and the Rocky Ridge Neighbors - where he assists with the group's Mill Creek Maple Syrup project.

The group of grassroots leaders will take part in a nine-week series of comprehensive workshops designed to cultivate fundamental leadership skills, as well as connect individuals to key community peers and stakeholders.

“The Emerging Leaders program exemplifies the Foundation’s belief that meaningful resident engagement is essential for authentic, lasting change to occur,” said Corrie Adams, Program Officer. “Emerging Leaders, by activating their gifts and passions create a community of learning, inquiry and practice and push the needle toward a more equitable, vibrant and healthy Mahoning Valley.”

After a two-day retreat focused on self-awareness and team building, participants will engage in immersion sessions and workshops, over a period of nine weeks, facilitated by expert practitioners covering topics such as communication and negotiation, influence, collaborative leadership, Asset-Based Community Development, resource planning, and resilience.

Since 2013, the Emerging Leaders program has developed the unique potential of nearly 50 resident leaders effecting change and influencing leadership in their communities. Past participants continue to gain and share their experience through an alumni association; additional training; civic engagement and volunteerism; public leadership appointments; job promotions; and entrepreneurial endeavors.

View the full press release at the Raymond John Wean Foundation's Website

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