accepting applicants for Signature XXIV
July 8, 2015 | ECF Press Release
The Evanston Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local residents, workers and business owners who are interested in becoming leaders in the Evanston community to participate in the foundation's Leadership Evanston Signature class, which begins Sept. 10.
Applications will be accepted through July 31.
ten month program
In the Leadership Evanston Signature class, which meets over the course of 10 months, participants will learn leadership skills, such as visioning, collaborating, creative problem solving, and analyzing policy. Applicants must be sincerely committed to serving the Evanston community, either as an elected official, a key volunteer or a professional leader, and should represent Evanston's diverse population.
graduating class experiences and projects
Last year's class of leaders presented their projects to the public in May and celebrated their graduation from the program on June 9. Class project ideas for making a difference in the community, included a new affordable housing initiative for Curts Café apprentices in conjunction with Connections for the Homeless.
"This year's Leadership Evanston class worked on several ambitious and key issues in our community," said Leadership Evanston Program Director Jennifer Moran. "It takes dedicated leaders to make sure the seed of change is planted and takes root in the community. This year's class has the skills, ambition and drive to make sure their ideas take root. I am looking forward to seeing the variety of ways the community will benefit from their leadership."
Brenda Phillips, President and Founder of PrismPathways, Inc., who was part of this year's class of leaders, said "For me, the best part was the opportunity to meet focused, energetic, motivated, and passionate individuals like myself who are looking to make a difference in our community."
Kerri Daniels, President of the Cherry Preschool Board of Directors, said she greatly valued the strong relationships that she built throughout the program. "Once you make a connection, you are motivated to steward the relationship for the greater good of our community. Leadership Evanston makes these connections and relationships happen," she said.
Community volunteer Charlotta Koppyani said "Our project group was invited to present our recommendations to a City committee. Leadership Evanston helped us to build a theoretical base from the basic grassroots level up to the city government. We left with an understanding of how change can happen in a community.
In addition to Phillips, Daniels and Koppyani, the distinguished members of 23rd Leadership Evanston program include: Emily Roth (Youth Organizations Umbrella, Y.O.U.), Perry Polinski, (Evanston Police Dept.), Lindsay Griswold (Rotary International), Karl Adair (New Beginnings North Shore Church), Michael Finnegan (visual artist), Sandeep Ghaey (Vinic Wine Company), Todd Adams (Northwestern University), Kulsum Ameji (LAF), Annie Coakley (Downtown Evanston), Amy Carvalho Gulati (PEER Services), Jesse Chatz (McGaw YMCA), Melissa Polivka (community volunteer), Patricia Linwood (Loyola University), William Waskerwitz (NorthShore University HealthSystem), Luis Rivera (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary), Rebecca Cacayuran (Evanston Community Foundation), Barbara Sittler (Senior Connections), Pam Tingley (community volunteer), Robert Brown (Evanston Township High School), Sunny Russell (Northwestern University), Jaretlzi Carolina Renteria (Evanston/Skokie District 65), Nathan Norman (City of Evanston), Karen McCormick (State Representative Robyn Gabel's Office), and Jill Skwerski (Evanston Public Library).
Leadership Evanston alumni are active in our community, from serving as aldermen to being instrumental in creating significant local initiatives. Many Evanston non-profit and civic boards and organizations, such as McGaw YMCA, the Center for Independent Futures, Seniors Action Service of Evanston, the Evanston Environment Board, Evanston/North Shore YWCA, Evanston History Center, and the Youth Job Center, benefit from the infusion of skills and perspective from Leadership Evanston graduates.
about the foundation
The EVANSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, founded in 1986 with current assets of approximately $20 million in 80-plus funds, helps Evanston thrive now and forever as a vibrant, inclusive, and just community. It builds, connects, and distributes resources and knowledge through local organizations for the common good. The Foundation builds endowments for current and future opportunities, fosters private philanthropy, focuses the impact of collective giving, finds solutions to community challenges, allocates grants, and provides leadership training.