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Apply for the Leadership Hayward Class of 2012-13

By Kim Huggett

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Applications are now being accepted for the 22nd class of Leadership Hayward. The Leadership Hayward program develops future community leaders who are knowledgeable about the greater Hayward area and concerned about its well-being. Leadership Hayward provides a unique opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of Hayward's complex social and economic issues. Participants are exposed to the challenges facing Hayward's leaders and how they, as individuals, may respond. Participants are challenged to learn about and experience leadership by evaluating issues, leaders and solutions; challenging viewpoints; provoking thought; examining leadership styles; understanding the process of consensus.

Leadership Hayward features eight monthly, one-day sessions from November through June. Each session focuses on a general topic presented by experts.

Topics include team building, heritage and cultural awareness; economic and public policy; community design and transportation; health and human services; education; arts and recreation; public safety and disaster preparedness; and public facilities.

Participants receive Continuing Education/professional development credit from California State University, East Bay. The June graduation luncheon coincides with the Mayor's State of the City Address and is attended by local and state elected officials and other dignitaries.

Approximately 15-20 individuals participate in Leadership Hayward each year and there have been 214 graduates. They represent a cross section of Hayward's diverse private and public sectors, cultures and age groups. Participants have included teachers, school principals, professors, police officers, firefighters, business persons, medical personnel, non-profit staff, city employees and many others. The knowledge they have gained has helped them in their neighborhoods, organizations, city governance, businesses and professional development. The selection criteria include evidence of commitment to Hayward's well-being and a commitment to attendance and active participation.

Tuition for each participant is $800. This covers meals, materials and certification. Fees may be paid by the individual, an employer or a sponsoring organization. Participants are encouraged to seek tuition assistance from civic and professional organizations. There may be partial scholarship assistance.

We invite you to consider applying for this year's class or to pass this invitation along to someone who might be interested. It is a great investment in our community and your future.

Obtain the application form from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. For information, call (510) 537-2424, e-mail for assistance or visit the Chamber office at 22561 Main Street, Hayward.

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