Phoenixville Community Health Leadership Academy accepting applications

Would you like to be more involved in your community or your neighborhood but don’t know how to begin?

Are you currently volunteering with a local non-profit organization or service organization and want to take a greater leadership role?

Then consider the Community Health Leadership Academy and follow in the footsteps of over 100 graduates over the past eleven years.

The Community Health Leadership Academy is a program of the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation. Lynn Pike Hartman, Vice President for Programs at the Foundation, shared that the mission of the Academy is to, “Provide a vehicle to identify, train and empower Phoenixville regional citizens for leadership roles that promote our community’s health and advance its quality of life.”

This will be the 12th year for the Academy. The 2014 program will be offered on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation at 821 Gay Street in Phoenixville.

The curriculum covers diversity issues, community collaborations, project planning, good citizenship, ethics, public speaking and more. The curriculum also incorporates the design and implementation of a community service project as a service-learning tool. The Foundation also offers financial stipends to assist with these projects. Hartman said, “If you want to become more involved in your community, if you want to do something to help make the community a better place to live, to work and to play, then the Community Health Leadership Academy is what you need to give you the confidence to get started or move to the next level of personal leadership.”

The Academy is limited to 15 participants and geared toward community volunteers. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For an application form, please call Lynn Pike Hartman at 610-917-9890 or e-mail at LPHartman@pchf1.org. Application information is also available on the Foundation’s web site at www.pchf1.org under Programs & Initiatives.