The Center for Rural Leadership (Project CENTRL) is all about cultivating passionate educated leaders who provide a voice for and serve rural communities in Arizona. Project CENTRL is an intensive one-year educational program that gives selected individuals an exceptional personal and professional leadership development experience that:
· Strengthens and expands personal leadership skills
· Accelerates lifelong learning and abilities to problem-solve on complex contemporary issues
· Creates a statewide network with over 500 alumni in communities throughout rural Arizona
Project CENTRL was developed by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension under a seed grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Project CENTRL is a 501(C)3 organization that continues to operate in close partnership with the University of Arizona.
The seminars are the cornerstone of Project CENTRL and provide a comprehensive and diverse sequence of leadership experiences. The one-year program consists of seven highly interactive seminars in Arizona, a national seminar in Washington DC, and a seminar in Mexico.
TIME AND FUNDING INVESTMENT
Attendance at all seminars is mandatory. The Arizona seminars are held in communities throughout Arizona. Seminars convene in the month of June and end in June of the next year. A typical Arizona seminar will start on Thursday evening, continues all day on Friday, and adjourns Saturday afternoon. Participants are responsible for providing transportation to and from the Arizona seminars and to the point of departure for out-of-state seminars. Upon arrival, Project CENTRL covers expenses incurred for meals, lodging, airfare, and ground transportation during the seminar.
Project CENTRL relies on an endowment received from the Marley Foundation, University funds, and contributions received from alumni, organizations, and individuals for operations support. This broad base of program support received allows those selected to participate at a fraction of the actual program cost for the one-year program.