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By MARGO HORNER

The Mirror

Local folks interested in community service and developing leadership skills are invited to apply for the Advancing Leadership program sponsored by the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone 18 or older who either lives or works in Federal Way is eligible to join. Participants will attend a two-day retreat and an all-day meeting once a month. At the conclusion of the nine-month session, participants will complete a community project.

Past projects included implementing tutoring or youth programs and making improvements to local buildings and parks.

Those who participate will discover various ways to get involved in the community and also become leaders in a non-traditional environment.

“You come away with skills and experience that you can apply to your work situation, you can apply it to your home life and you can also apply it to community service,” said project manager Amye Bronson-Doherty.

Participation in the Advancing Leadership program could be helpful on resumes and college applications.

“It’s not specific to any particular job. It’s something that would affect how well you do in almost anything,” Bronson-Doherty said.

The cost for participating is $2,500.

Many local businesses are happy to sponsor employees, Bronson-Doherty said. For those who are unemployed or whose employer won’t pay, there are scholarship opportunities available.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of community activists in Federal Way each year.

Advancing Leadership alumni generally remain connected with one another and involved in community service after their class is complete.

“We’ll constantly be adding new leaders to the community,” Bronson-Doherty said. “We want all of the different groups that are active in Federal Way to communicate with each other so that they are more effective.”

Contact Margo Horner: mhorner@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

Learn about leadership:

Men and women who live or work in Federal Way and are interested in becoming more involved in the community are encouraged to apply for the Advancing Leadership 2007-2008 session. The program was established in 1998 by the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and local businesses. Participants learn leadership skills as well as the inner workings of city government, diversity, culture and quality of life. The class then completes a project that has a lasting impact on the city. Applications are due by May 18. To learn more, contact Teri Hickel at (253) 838-2605, Ext. 102, e-mail terih@federalwaychamber.com or visit www.advancingleadership.org.

The following local businesses are major sponsors of the Advancing Leadership program: Comcast, Weyerhaeuser, Woodstone Credit Union, the City of Federal Way, St. Francis Hospital and Highline Community College.

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