Emerging Leaders Training for Returning Citizens
JusticeLeadership USA

Emerging Leadership Development Training for the Formerly Incarcerated

JLUSA believes that America’s most challenging barrier to expansive, systemic criminal and juvenile justice reform is the absence of clear and consistent leadership by those who have been directly affected by our failed criminal justice policies. Through our Emerging Leaders trainings and our 12-month Leading with Conviction training, JLUSA is building a nationwide network of advocates and organizers united by a shared vision for justice reform.

Emerging Leaders are highly motivated individuals with a strong commitment to making a real difference in their community of choice. Typically, they are just stepping into their role as organizational and/or community leaders and must simultaneously juggle their professional development needs with their desire to make real change. Our regional Emerging Leaders trainings are professional sessions with a skilled facilitator and a dynamic and participatory agenda.

All Emerging Leaders participants must have prior involvement with the criminal justice system (juvenile and/or criminal justice involvement is required to be eligible and includes but is not limited to: actual incarceration [served time in jail and/or prison], arrest with or without conviction, under community supervision, i.e. parole, sentenced to probation-only, and involvement as a client in the juvenile justice system).

While not required, participants with the following characteristics are most successful and gain most from Emerging Leaders training:

  • Are members, employees or clients in-good-standing with a regional partnership organization.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of leadership within their community.
  • Are committed to ongoing leadership development and expansion beyond the emerging leadership training itself.
  • Are committed to systemic criminal and juvenile justice reform.
  • Have at least one year from date of release of previous incarceration so as to be able to take full advantage of JLUSA’s investment in their leadership development.

Emerging Leaders Training Content

Based on our guiding principle that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, JLUSA employs a dynamic, inclusive and culturally competent leadership training that includes:

  • Pre-session work including a survey, reading and homework
  • Breakthrough Action® Leadership – introduction to the principles of responsibility, self-reflection and collective leadership
  • Communication skills – learning how to connect communication with real results.
  • Professional relationship effectiveness – managing up, down or any direction; leaders must communicate effectively to be successful.
  • Interviewing and employment skills – emerging leaders are challenged to learn skills essential to securing and sustaining employment.
  • An introduction to JLUSA’s year-long Leading with Conviction Training

How to register for Emerging Leaders Training

JLUSA seeks to train individuals connected to re-entry organizations in the Austin area who are committed to the professional development of emerging leaders. Individuals should seek a referral from a partner organization before registering for Emerging Leaders. Deadline to register is November 4th.

Training Details
JustLeadershipUSA Emerging Leaders Training – Austin, TX
In partnership with Huston–Tillotson University & the Excellence and Advancement Foundation
November 12, 2016 | 8am – 4pm
Huston-Tillotson University
900 Chicon St
Austin, TX 78702

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