• “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” John Maxwell

    The six-month program is an in-depth, intensive immersion experience that uncovers true potential and develops lifelong skills. Emerging Leaders practice team-building skills in realistic, hands-on scenarios, as well as fostering lifelong relationships with like-minded colleagues and mentors. Emerging Leaders learn important skills such as public speaking, community organizing, advocacy, and how to communicate with elected officials. Program graduates are then placed into internships and jobs across the State in the fields that interest them the most.

The Vision

The Emerging Leaders program turns motivated students from underrepresented backgrounds into transformational and capable leaders. The six-month program is an in-depth, intensive immersion experience that uncovers true potential and develops lifelong skills—and is specifically geared toward ambitious college age students from the MASA community.

Retreat participants are introduced to community leaders of all backgrounds and professions, participate in issue-focus seminars, and serve their community through various community service projects.

College students are often pressured to focus solely on textbook and lecture-led education; during the Emerging Leaders program, retreat participants practice team-building skills in realistic, hands-on scenarios, as well as fostering lifelong relationships with like-minded colleagues and mentors.