Grassroots Leaders Embark on Journey to Create Community Change

Twenty-five Spartanburg County residents are embarking on a new journey to improve the community by utilizing the skills they have gleaned from their participation in the 2011 Grassroots Leadership Development Institute. A graduation ceremony was held at the Spartanburg Marriott on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, with approximately 200 present to show their support.

The Grassroots Leadership Development Institute is a special initiative of The Spartanburg County Foundation. This seven month leadership training program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, skill-set, and resources to be effective in leading change at the grassroots level. Participants meet one Saturday a month to increase their ability to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods and in the greater Spartanburg community.

For the past six years, the City of Spartanburg has joined the Foundation as a sponsor by sending several of the City’s local neighborhood leaders through the Institute, thereby increasing their ability to bring about significant change in their neighborhoods.

Tuesday’s ceremony honored these participants, as well as commended them for their leadership in our community. The program featured remarks from Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor emeritus of the University of South Carolina Upstate, and class reflections from 2011 graduates Marcus Thomas, Olivia Sartor, and Erica Shanks.

Since its inception in 2004, over 200 individuals have graduated from the Institute and serve the community in various leadership roles.

The Grassroots Leadership Development Institute is now accepting applications for its 2012 session.

Download a 2013 GLDI Application

For more information regarding the Institute please contact Tara Weese at The Spartanburg County Foundation at (864) 582.0138.