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Appling County restarts adult leadership development program

After 30 years without an adult leadership program, Appling County in southeast Georgia is changing that with the help of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at UGA. The inaugural Appling LEADS adult leadership class graduated on June 20 in Baxley. In 2015, Appling County joined the Georgia LEADS initiative, a partnership between the […]

Fanning Institute hosts summer leadership program for migrant youth

A summer leadership program at UGA prepares migrant youth to help themselves and their communities. Twenty-five migrant youth from around Georgia attended the Leadership Without Limits summer program from June 5-15, hosted by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. During the program, the high school-age students learned about leadership styles, communication, team building, and […]

Washington LEADS graduates new class

Washington County, Georgia is strengthening its leadership pipeline with the help of a community leadership program developed by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. On June 8, a group of 16 individuals graduated from Washington LEADS at an event in Sandersville. These individuals – who represented the government, education, and business sectors of Washington […]

UGA partners with ACC to educate rather than penalize youth offenders

A partnership between UGA and Athens-Clarke County is helping young criminal offenders turn something negative into a positive. Twenty-eight young people from Athens-Clarke County recently graduated from YouthServe, a diversion program offered through the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Municipal Court, and ACC Probation Services. Through the program participants, ages 17 […]

Southeast Georgia-based women’s leadership academy graduates second class

A program designed and developed by the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development continues to prepare young women in southeast Georgia for career and community leadership roles. The second class of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation Women’s Leadership Academy graduated on May 18 in Statesboro. Williamson, a civic leader in the Statesboro community, established […]

Fanning Institute assists Peabody Awards selection process

Each year, the Peabody Awards honor excellence in television, radio, and digital media, and the expertise of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development helped jurors make those decisions again in 2017. For the second consecutive year, faculty from the Fanning Institute tailored a consensus building process designed to engage the Board of Jurors in […]

Registration underway for ELPNO 2018

Nonprofit leaders looking to develop their personal leadership skills and make their organizations more effective are encouraged to apply today for the 2018 Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Organizations (ELPNO). ELPNO is scheduled for January 7-12, 2018, at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia. Designed […]

UGA partners with Goodwill to help local entrepreneurs start new businesses

As Marcus Lawrence’s cheesecake business expands, a program at Goodwill of North Georgia, in partnership with the UGA J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, is providing him with the skills necessary to manage his growing company and staff. Lawrence is one of 20 students enrolled in a program called Goodbiz, which combines Goodwill’s entrepreneurial training […]

UGA, Fanning Institute host inaugural Embark Georgia Leadership Conference

Instead of just hearing about the barriers to college admission that face youth who are homeless or in foster care, about 150 people at UGA for the Embark Georgia Leadership Conference got to experience the obstacles and the frustration. For about an hour, participants played the roles of students in a simulation of the steps […]

Fanning Institute to host inaugural Embark Georgia conference this month

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development will host an inaugural Embark Georgia Leadership Conference on college access and resources for students who have experienced foster care or homelessness. The conference will be held May 18-19 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Embark Georgia is a statewide network of support for young […]

Youth mentors ready for summer leadership programs

With a number of youth summer programs fast approaching, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development conducted the 2017 Fanning Youth Summer Programs Mentor Training on April 18. During the training session, the mentors learned about UGA’s policies and requirements for working with youth and managing risk, and they also were taught best practices for […]

New award at Fanning Institute recognizes community leadership development work

A new award recognizes faculty members, staff, and graduate students at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development for their work in Georgia’s communities. At Monday’s meeting of the institute’s advisory board, Fanning Institute Director Matt Bishop named faculty member Lauren Healey and graduate student Tara Gancos Crawford as the inaugural winners of the Sisson […]