(Above: The first graduating class of our L.I.N.C program)
This Young Executive Community Impact Course will walk an employee of your choice (ages 20 to 40) through non-profit basics and community impact opportunities. This course is FREE to the Bemidji community and is limited to 20 participants. It’s a 6-month course and is structured as follows:
LINC COURSE SCHEDULE
What is a non-profit? Who are United Way's partner agencies? How does United Way support partner agencies? Class site visits for non-profit agency tours.
Partner Director interviews. Large group Q&A about site visits and interviews.
COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PANEL:
Hear from United Way Board members and Community Investment Cabinet members about where they volunteer, how they give back to their community, and why. Board Member 101 training.
UNDERSTANDING LOCAL COMMUNITY ISSUES:
Guest speakers from law enforcement, county social services, and non-profits about current community issues. Begin brainstorming about issues the group could impact.
WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Plan a project (or projects) that will impact community issues that need to be addressed.
Groups share their project outcomes. Graduation awards distributed.
Testimonials from the innagural LINC class
"I am so thankful for this experience. The LINC program opened my eyes to the issues people are struggling with in our community and the good work United Way partners are doing to address it. I can't wait to get more involved."
"I had lived in Bemidji for 14 years prior to taking the LINC class and thought I knew about what services the community had to offer. However, after this first class I found out very quickly that there was so much more to learn about and be aware when it comes to the numerous wonderful partner agencies and programs offered by the United Way. Thank you LINC for mkaing me feel more connected to my community."
"I love the fact that the committee develops and action plan around an issue. What a great way to meet new people and help the local community at the same time."