Leadership, Exploration, And Development = L.E.A.D.

Leadership and quality in afterschool programs are inseparable; for programs to succeed and become sustainable, they need strong leadership at all levels. This training opportunity builds strong leaders and offers intentionally small cohorts to build community, share collective knowledge, and develop a network of afterschool leaders in diverse programming locations. Email Tricia for any further questions on the L.E.A.D. cohorts.

L.E.A.D. 1.0

This four-part series is for leaders of licensed programs in the afterschool field in Vermont and is specifically designed for experienced directors and site coordinators who are looking for that next level of growth and development. The L.E.A.D. program will provide afterschool and third space professionals with the tools to hone their strengths and develop new skills to take on more advanced leadership roles in the future. Participants will develop and improve their leadership skills, while enhancing their confidence in their abilities. Each session will include a training session, a guest speaker, lunch, and time to network.

16 hours of professional development offered at no charge

How to apply:
Download the application, fill out, and return by October 10, 2021

2021-2022 Meeting Dates:

  • October 18, 2021: Leadership Development and Staff Culture with Tricia Pawlik and Ross Gibson (9AM-1PM Virtual)
  • January 10, 2022: SEL and Working with Vulnerable Populations with Beth Martell (9AM-1PM at Vermont Afterschool’s office in South Burlington)
  • March 8, 2022: Leadership Through Collaborations with Tricia Pawlik (9AM-1PM at Vermont Afterschool’s office in South Burlington)
  • May 17, 2022: LEAD 1.0 Presentations (9AM-1PM location TBD)

L.E.A.D. 2.0

This program is open to those who have completed LEAD 1.0 and are interested in continuing to further develop their skills and collaborations with other like-minded leaders in the afterschool field. Participants will participate in three in-person meetings, and monthly virtual coaching sessions with a designated Vermont Afterschool coach, as well as with a colleague in the LEAD 2.0 program. As part of this program, participants will also create and implement a project that will improve the quality of their program and support their growing leadership skills.  Each participant will present their project and working portfolio at the end of the course.

Participants who successfully complete LEAD 1.0 and 2.0 (40 hours of professional development) can earn a Leadership Micro-credential.