This session presents an overview of local government and its relationship to other governmental bodies. Students receive first-hand experience in civic leadership by campaigning and running for public office in a mock city council election. Opportunities are provided throughout the day to interact with current and former public office holders as well as public service administrators. One of the goals of the program, and this session, in particular, is to familiarize the class with methods of effecting change through the governmental process.
Day Chairs: Newell Arnerich (lead), Andy Li, Paige Meyer, and Dominique Yancey
The goal of this session is to explore some of the serious domestic issues facing families, children and the elderly in the San Ramon Valley. Through the fieldwork and class discussions, the program participants will discover what resources are available to address these issues, as well as identify how to access these resources. It is also a day in which volunteer opportunities with non-profit human services providers are discussed.
Day Chairs: Kathy Chiverton (lead), David Behring, Shelley Despotakis, Mitchell Hopson and Dominique Yancey
During this session, participants acquire an understanding of the role communication plays in leadership including the exploration of the role of communication in crisis vs. the day-to-day setting, the ever-changing role of technology in communication, and how the various types of new media influence public opinion.
Day Chairs: Elizabeth Graswich (lead), Newell Arnerich, Lisa Bobadilla, and Bill Clarkson
Class members gain an appreciation for the variety of issues facing today’s educators and the educational system and gain insight into how these issues impact our local education community (San Ramon Valley Unified School District). Members also have opportunities to observe student learning and school climate through classroom observations and shadowing the principal of a local school.
Day Chairs: Bill Clarkson (lead), Elizabeth Graswich, and Andy Li
Chevron has graciously hosted this Leadership class for many years, and we are very appreciative of their continued support.
Day Chairs: Robert Combs (lead), Shelley Despotakis, and Vicki Harris
Class participants: please be prompt (or early) as you must check in at the security desk and this can take some time.
Directions to Chevron Park from Route 680: Exit 680 at
Bollinger Canyon Road, East. Follow Bollinger Canyon a short distance to the Chevron Park sign. Turn into the complex and drive to the left of the guard station. You need not stop there. Turn right and right again into Parking Lot 1, 2 or 3. Enter Building A and ask for “Leadership” at the
security desk. Your name will be on a security list. Reminder: You MUST have your photo ID with you.
This session begins at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Board Room, where we will meet to pick up a “to-go” breakfast and review the day’s objectives. We will leave promptly at 8:30 am for the tour of the Concord Naval Weapons Station redevelopment site via bus. We will return to the SRVFPD Board Room for lunch and an afternoon of discussions and group exercises.
Day Chairs: Lisa Bobadilla, David Behring, Robert Combs, Shelley Despotakis, and Paige Meyer
This class will explore the important role that the arts play in a healthy and vibrant community… a do-not miss and fun class – Cultural Arts Day!
Day Chairs: Victoria Harris (lead), Mitchell Hopson, and Dominique Yancey
The final class wraps up the program with leadership concepts that apply to both your professional and personal life. The Ring of Reciprocity will reinforce your connection to each other.
The graduation ceremony follows, next door at the Village Theater.
Day Chairs: Lisa Bobadilla (lead), Kathy Chiverton, Shelley Despotakis, Vicki Harris, and Henry Perezalonso