The Trustees of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund are currently accepting applications for the class of 2015. DEADLINE: November 7, 2014 !

Lefcoe Leadership Program Application Class of 2015

The mission of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund is to identify, educate and encourage future leaders within the City of Portsmouth. By inspiring civic awareness, responsibility and pride within the emerging leadership corps we will provide the City of Portsmouth with a succession of leaders to ensure a bright and prosperous future for the City and the region.

All candidates who are willing to learn how to better serve the city of Portsmouth are encouraged to apply. Graduates are expected to exemplify the volunteer spirit, commitment and unselfish devotion demonstrated by Vann H. Lefcoe, who gave generously of his time and energy for the betterment of Portsmouth.

The Lefcoe course will provide instruction in basic leadership concepts and qualities that are helpful in motivating and educating adults who work in local businesses and organizations to take an active part in volunteer and municipal activities in our community. The Facilitator will be Mr. Donald W. Comer, Jr. This non-credit course will consist of twelve (12) weekly meetings held in the Portsmouth Partnership Briefing Center, located in the TowneBank Building on the corner of High and Crawford Streets in Olde Towne Portsmouth.  Weekly class meetings will run for 2½ hours exclusive of a fifteen-minute break.  The classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 and end on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Lectures, small group discussions, reference readings, and guest speakers representing various community organizations and agencies will form the basis for instruction.  An individual visit to either a City Council or School Board meeting is mandatory and will provide a practicum experience.  A short written observation will be required. A trolley tour of historical, industrial, business and development sites in the city will be scheduled as a field trip on a Saturday in February.  A day trip to the General Assembly in Richmond, a visit to Portsmouth Public Schools’ STARBASE campus, and class socials are also part of the curriculum but are not mandatory.