What is Emerging Leaders?

Emerging Leaders is designed for individuals in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County who are looking for opportunities to learn about the needs of the area, engage in community service, and network with other service-minded individuals. This program is intended to recruit and train young leaders that reflect the rich diversity of our community. Each year, a cohort of Emerging Leaders will meet monthly to discuss different issues, engage in service activities, and learn from community leaders.

Who should apply?

Individuals with experience with community service who are looking to learn more about the non-profit community of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and how their skills can make an impact.



Emerging Leaders will meet monthly, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 1-5pm. There may be some additional project time needed outside of class depending on the project. Additionally, Emerging Leaders are asked to make a financial contribution as well as a volunteer commitment that total $500 over the year which meets the requirement for our Skyline Leadership Giving Society. That can be broken down as follows:

$100 + 40 hours of volunteer service
$200 + 30 hours of volunteer service
$300 + 20 hours of volunteer service
$400 + 10 hours of volunteer service


January: Service Project and Introductions

February: The ALICE Project & Multiculturalism

March: Philanthropy & Pitch Training

April: Strengths Assessment

May: U*Nite

June: Design Thinking & ALICE Awareness Project

July: Work Time & Volunteer Opportunity

August: Community Engagement & Organizing

September: Day of Action

October: Working Session

November: ALICE Awareness

December: Wrap-Up

Click here for a printable FAQ sheet.

Applications are due Monday, November 18th.

Questions? Contact Amanda Leech at 540-434-6639 X102 or amanda.leech@uwhr.org