Program Date*

Program Focus

August 6 & 7, 2015
Orientation: Thursday overnight to Friday (half day); LMV Orientation is a key starting point in the LMV journey where you become an active participant in the program over the next 10 months and begin the process of developing your own leadership skills while gaining a better awareness of the Mohawk Valley. We anticipate this will be a time for you to meet and get to know your classmates while you learn about this exciting leadership program.
September 2, 2015 Philanthropy & Trusteeship Day: On Philanthropy & Trusteeship Day, participants will learn about the philanthropic efforts that improve lives and livelihood in the Mohawk Valley.  They will also discover ways to use their passions and talents as community trustees, making the community better through their involvement.  Also on this day, participants will compete for the coveted “GRAB THE GAVEL” trophy, through an exercise designed to teach them of the challenges that companies/organizations and their boards of directors face. Winners are awarded at that evening’s Sponsor/Alumni Mixer.
October 7, 2015 Arts & Culture/Quality of Life Day: Participants will explore art, culture, entertainment, tourism and other qualities that make the Mohawk Valley a wonderful place to live. Discussions regarding issues impacting quality of life, and integrating diverse community groups for common causes will lead ultimately to class members identifying service opportunities for themselves based on all they’ve learned throughout their LMV experiences.
November 4, 2015 Education and Lifelong Learning Day: On Education and Lifelong Learning Day, participants will become aware of lifelong learning opportunities, assess their personal learning style, identify resources for professional development, and begin the process of developing a personal leadership plan. Also on this day, project teams are assigned and projects chosen, to benefit nonprofit agencies/organizations.
December 2, 2015 Government Day: On Government Day, participants will have the opportunity to identify the political leaders in the Mohawk Valley, learn more about government agencies/services impacting life & business here, discuss the “hot topics” of the election, and identify ways to participate as a citizen in local politics. In addition, class members will participate in a “Congressional Simulation” that will have them competing in teams to complete the tasks of a rookie congressman, in hopes of their team winning “reelection.”
January 6, 2016 Healthcare & Health/Wellness Day: Every “healthy” community must have a strong health care system and organization. On Healthcare Day, participants will learn about issues of access to healthcare, hear about the role of healthcare providers in the Mohawk Valley, and address issues of wellness.
February 3, 2016 Media & Promotion Day: On this day, participants will identify and meet representatives of key local media, learn how to access/utilize local media, learn how to do more effective promotion, and will explore promotion of their class projects.
March 2, 2016 Science & Technology/Economic Development Day: Participants will learn more about the impacts of technological advances and local business along with the finances and economics of the region from local economic developers, business leaders and companies. In addition, they will hear about the key variables critical to economic development, and hear about the key local resources for community planning and development.
April 6, 2016 Human Services Day: No matter how advanced we become technologically, humans still need to interact with one another. Participants will identify key groups involved in on-going efforts, identify causes and groups in need of greater support, explore options for volunteering and community involvement, and learn how to mobilize community support for causes.
May 11, 2016 Project Presentations & Graduation: Congratulations graduates! Class groups display and present their projects that positively impact the community. This is a “must attend” event for sponsoring companies, friends and family of our graduates, and alumni. A formal lunch follows class presentations. The graduation is held in the Campus Center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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