Fourth Leadership Starke County Class Begins


The fourth Leadership Starke County Class has begun. Eleven residents, including three high school students, met at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Office for the class’s opening retreat.

Organizers say the class will meet one day each month at different locations around the county to talk about local issues, connect with community leaders, learn more about Starke County, and practice the latest leadership skills and techniques. As part of the curriculum, they’ll be covering issues such as local government, health care, education, social services, the criminal justice system, and economic development. Class members will also take a bus trip around Starke County. Additionally they’ll be taking the Real Colors Personality Assessment to determine their individual personality traits and how that affects their interactions with others.

Organizers say the class will leave the participants better prepared to take on leadership roles in business, government, education, and non-profit groups, as well as to be more productive volunteers and activists in the community.

Fifteen students graduated in May from last year’s class.