The West Central Mountains Leadership Academy
The purpose of the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy is to provide a forum which participants can have a focused opportunity to hone their leadership skills through workshops and activities in a group setting that nurtures free thinking, idea-sharing and problem solving. These emerging and existing leaders will be educated and challenged as to the needs and potential of the community in addition to the dynamics of social and economic challenges. Through the experience, a “can do” attitude emerges, which aids in providing common ground for working on present and future community projects.
The continued growth of the West Central Mountains, which includes Cascade, Donnelly, McCall and New Meadows, signals the need for trained, informed and responsible leaders. The West Central Mountains Leadership Academy is seeking individuals who are interested in developing their skills as leaders, increasing their knowledge of our community, and exploring what their role can be in actively participating in community affairs.
During monthly day- long sessions, you will learn new perspectives and approaches to leadership development through immersed experiences supported by trained instructors and coaches. The Leadership Academy seeks to provide positive outcomes to the following groups:
- The Individual through Community Interconnection, Collaborative Leadership and increased potential to expand their leadership role
- The Employers are provided Skilled, Competent, Ethical and Professional Leaders
- The Community has Leaders whom have gained Wisdom, Knowledge of The Community Network, the Business Ecosystem, Understanding the Community’s Needs and the Tools to Deal with Change and Conflict Resolution.
How it Works
The first year of the Leadership Academy will begin in September with a REQUIRED overnight retreat. This will serve as an orientation, getting to know your classmates and a general overview of what is to come. The Academy will be held in day-long monthly sessions from October through June followed by a Group Service Project during July and August. The Service Project will be presented during a Graduation Ceremony for the participants and an Induction Ceremony for the incoming class the following September.
The second year of the program is for you to plan, coordinate and execute the program for the new class. You will serve as Mentors to the new group as well as participating in the monthly sessions that you are a part of planning.
Participants and their organizations must be willing to commit one day per month to the program. Those selected will participate in the required activities during the first and second years. Class size will be limited to no more than 15 participants and selected through an application process.
What will you experience?
The monthly sessions are broad areas of focus in order to explore many parts of that particular subject and its relationship to the principles of leadership. Through experiential learning you will immerse yourself in our area while listening to professionals in their fields and engage in hands-on activities that bring the topics to life.
Class Schedule (subject to change)
September Overnight Retreat (required)
October Natural Resources
January Life Balance
February Recreation/Tourism Economics
March Technology, Social Media and Marketing
June Service Project Planning
July – August Completion of Group Service Challenge Project
The Application Process
Applications will continue to be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the class is full. The selection of participants is made through online or printed application.
What is the cost to be a leader in the West Central Mountains?
The tuition for the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy is $500 for the two-year program and covers meals, transportation, books, materials and administrative costs. Tuition is due once notification of acceptance has been received and can be paid prior to the retreat.
**For businesses or individuals NOT associated with an area Chamber (McCall, Donnelly or Cascade) there will be an additional $100 fee to be part of the program. The total cost for non-affiliated applicants will be $600. A complimentary Supporter Level Membership with the MACCVB will be included for the duration of the two year program.
Scholarships are available through an application process and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. To apply, please submit an essay detailing why you are a good candidate for the program and scholarship.
Submissions can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Know somebody that would be a great fit? Recommend them!
We would love to hear from you! Give us your suggestion for a participant in the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy! Tell us who they are, nominate them and sponsor them. If you have seen the potential in somebody, give them a boost and get them involved. Contact the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Office today, 208.634.7631.
We’re here to help!
Contact the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau during regular business hours with your questions. We are available Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm.
The application includes some answers that require a short essay or paragraph style response. Please be prepared to spend some time dedicated to the process. If a printable application would work better for you, please click “Download Application” on the Apply for Leadership Academy page.