NORTH PLATTE, Neb.-- (KNOP) Nebraska's LEAD program is looking for 30 men and women for their LEAD class of 37. Director Terry Hejny said LEAD is for people who are passionate about agriculture and are looking to take the first step in their leadership journey. The program is two years and costs participants $2,500. You also must be 25-50 years of age.
Hejny said the program helps people find out what they want to get involved in,"You know it helps fast track them into leadership positions. It helps them become aware of what's out there and where they can make a difference. The key is they go back to their small rural Nebraska communities and they get involved, helping with youth organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, FFA or they get involved in economic development."
Applications are due by June 15. You can get yours by calling 402-472-6810 or head to www.lead.unl.edu. Interviews start in July, decisions are made in August and the class starts in September.
The program started because Ag. leaders were leaving their industries, which left a vacancy that needed to be filled. Hejny said this program is one of 38 in the country.