Open Buffalo kicked off the 2016 session of Emerging Leaders on Friday, Sept. 9, officially marking the 2nd year of the program. Emerging Leaders is a first-of-its-kind leadership development school which aims to build a stronger Buffalo by empowering new change-makers in our city. Those who have been accepted into the 2016 EL class will complete an innovative curriculum that combines cutting-edge community organizing training, action-oriented research, and interpersonal skill-building.
After reviewing the feedback from last year, the Leadership Development Committee decided to re-structure opening weekend. Changes include: personalizing curriculum from the Leading Change Network to establish a shared understanding of the systems of oppression, while grasping an understanding of leadership and organizing. Over an intensive, 22-hour weekend gathering, Emerging Leaders learned: how to forge emotional connections to their work by sharing stories of what called them to leadership; how to motivate community solidarity and action; how to build the skills of their constituencies one person at a time; and how to plan campaigns that turn community resources into power and results.