This past weekend marked the 1st reunion of the Polonia Leaders School alumni who graduated from a rigorous two week schooling session last summer in Poland. The Polonia Leaders School or Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych (SLP) is an initiative created by the School of Leaders Association – an institution established in Poland in 1994 through the initiative of Dr. Zbigniew A. Pełczynski, an Oxford University professor and former instructor of U.S President Bill Clinton.
The Association is charged with supporting the development of a civic society in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. It fulfils its mission by shaping new leaders, supporting social activities in local communities, and shaping public activists and educating young people in the area of civics. Future leaders are taught through leadership conferences, seminars as well as foreign internships and public debates. While the school organises regular leadership initiatives for students and young professionals in Poland, last year’s summer program was created specifically for those active in running Polish related organizations in Canada and the United States.
The weekend of September 3rd to the 5th provided a chance for alumni to get together during a mini-leadership course overseen by Magdalena Kołodziejczyk and Daniel Lichota, two SLP instructors who arrived from Warsaw. The weekend also offered an opportunity for those interested in the school to attend an information session about next year’s edition.
The SLP program, which is partially financed by the Polish Senate, brings with it opportunities to meet top notch instructors, academics as well as Polish, Canadian and American political figures. It also provides a chance for valuable networking with leaders of NGOs in those countries.
What mades the SLP experience so great is the fantastic individuals taking part in the program. Participants come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds and all are extremely ambitious and ready to make a positive change. Of course when the seminars stop and the books close, nights are always filled with lively conversations and unforgettably fun memories.
Here’s to the SLP Class of 2009!
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