|Leadership 2000, Wyandotte County Kansas
From its origins in 1985, the purpose of Leadership
2000 has been to develop the leadership potential of men and women in
Wyandotte County, Kansas. Its flagship program, Leadership 2000, was
created to identify, motivate and develop 2,000 new and emerging
community leaders to help shape our community's future. Leadership 2000
classes are made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds who have
demonstrated an interest in and a commitment to civic leadership.
Through this program participants become aware of social and economic
changes and the impact of such changes upon the local economy.
Establishment of Leadership 2000 was a response to the desire for more
people to engage in the process of addressing important community
issues rather than depending upon the same decision makers to do so.
However, Leadership 2000 participants do not wait until after
graduation to engage in this process. Each class participates in a
project to benefit the community.
Over 650 individuals have participated in Leadership 2000 since 1986.
In surveys conduced in 1992, 1997 and 2004, graduates have averaged one
to two community involvements prior to their participation in
Leadership 2000. After completing the program, they averaged five
community involvements and one 'big' board position. Also, ninety
percent of Leadership 2000 graduates volunteer their time in the
community. The experiences provided by this special program have an
impact not only on the participants, but also on their organizations
and their communities. Participants are better informed, involved and
more skilled in leadership as a result of their participation in