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Welcome to our blog!

Remember that feeling when you graduated from Leadership Academy of Madison County (or YLA)?  That moment when you asked the person next to you, "now what?"  Join us as we share insights from our program, your fellow alums, and others committed to the ideals of servant leadership.

Follow us here to stay connected to the “now what.”  Engage and learn from your fellow alums and keep those leadership skills sharp!

Read on, and let us know if there are topics you’d like to learn about or people you’d like to hear from.  Thanks for being a part of Leadership Academy of Madison County.  Grow. Serve. Lead.


 

 

Have you ever found yourself agreeing to serve on a board and then thought, "What do I know about serving on a board?  These "other" people are so much smarter than me.  What are the roles and responsibilities of a board member?"  All too often, we are so flattered to be invited and feel a connection to the mission of the organization that we jump right in without asking the right questions. 

If this sounds familar, you are not alone.  In fact, you are most likely feeling the same as most everyone sitting around the table with you.  How do we know this?  Because we've been there and we hear it from you each year in our program.  You are not alone!  That is why we decided to open our Boardsmanship Basics to our entire community.  

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Created: 19 January 2018
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As we ring in the new year, we're so excited to announce that Leadership Academy of Madison County is one of two East Central Indiana organizations selected to receive an organization effectiveness grant from the Indiana Youth Institute!  As you'll see below, we believe the timing couldn't be better as we strategically plan to expand programming to the youth of Madison County, enabling even more youth to Grow.Serve.Lead. the way to a better future for themselves and their community.

Congratulations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County and a huge thank you to Ball Brothers Foundation the Indiana Youth Institute for valuing our mission and those we serve!

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Created: 08 January 2018
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Strong communities need strong, generous, and compassionate leaders.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, twenty non-profit agencies serving Madison County, Indiana, came together for the benefit of our community and those they serve, asking all of us to Give the Gift of Compassion this holiday season.  What an amazing show of support they received.  Over $57,000 was raised in just 3 hours!  Your generosity will go even further thanks to the parital match each gift will receive from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino.  Did we say WOW yet?  

Keep reading to see a list of participating agencies.  Thank you LAMC Class of 2018 for all your hard work in hosting this event.  And, please remember, it' not too late.  There is still plenty of time for that year-end gift to LAMC and YLA.  Click here to make a difference today!  https://thelamc.org/2017-campaign 

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Created: 20 December 2017
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I had heard much about the LAMC program from several others that had completed the program in years past, and all of their comments, thoughts, and feelings were overwhelmingly positive.  While each of those folks shared some of their personal experiences with me, they all said I needed to experience it for myself and I would see the impact it can have on someone.  It took all of about a half a day to understand what they meant.

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Created: 16 November 2017
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The opening retreat of Leadership Academy was like nothing I’d experienced before; we each walked into a room of 36 strangers and walked out as a family. The opportunity to get to know one another on a personal and professional level is invaluable; I’m confident the connections made will continue long after graduation. As a relatively new professional to Madison County I quickly learned that the LAMC is a great investment of time and money.

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Created: 09 November 2017
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One place I draw frequent inspiration is the Peanuts comic strips. Charles Schulz had a remarkable ability to take his life lessons and experiences, and share them through a medium we can all understand: the eyes of a child. What I love most about his characters and storytelling is his vulnerability. You can see through many of the storylines the bits of his past that were trying and bleak. He doesn’t shy away from them. I also so admire the honesty. The honesty to say the things we often feel, but are just wrong. 

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Created: 26 October 2017
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Madison County and all of Central Indiana have so much to be proud of.  Madison Magaznie, a pulication of The Herald Bulletin, recently featured 20 young professionals under the age of 40 who are “driving the local economy and services with energy, creativity and the promise of a brighter future in Madison County.”

Leadership Academy of Madison County is proud to say that 12 of the recently named “20 Under 40” are graduates of LAMC or YLA!  Keep reading for a list of grads of both the adult and youth programs of Madison County.  And, fair warning to all of the other nominees – you are NOW on Pam’s radar.  

The future IS bright and we’re putting our sunglasses on!

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Created: 20 September 2017
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On August 1, 2017, the Indiana Leadership Association hosted their Annual Meeting and Conference at the Anderson University Flagship Center.  Leadership Academy of Madison County was honored to host the event and we were proud and excited to have such great representation at the event from our alumni and sponsors.

What made the day even better were the presentations by local alumni and community leaders.  Special thanks to presenters:

  • John Pistole, President of Anderson University
  • Rob Sparks (LAMC ’10), Executive Director, Corporation for Economic Development
  • State Representative Terri Austin (LAMC ’95)
  • Dr. James Willey (LAMC ’10), Chancellor Ivy Tech Anderson, for their insight into community leadership development.

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Created: 20 September 2017
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Being a part of the Youth Leadership Academy has honestly been one of the most amazing and beneficial decisions I have ever made in my entire life. At first I was very nervous, because I did not know what I was getting myself into. Knowing that I was going to be surrounded by over thirty kids that I have never known a day in my life made me second guess joining the program. However, after camp, I would not trade this fantastic experience for anything in the world. 

 

 

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Created: 25 September 2017
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Family. Most define it as those who are related to you by blood. However, after meeting 35 new people who aspire to be a leader just as I do, I realized this is not the case at all. Being genetically related or having the same last name is not what makes you family. Relationships that include trust, support, love, acceptance, commitment, is what makes you family. After camp, I have come to the conclusion that these 35 new people are now family and they fit all the requirements. 

 

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Created: 25 September 2017
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As I approached the milestone of turning 30, I approached this milestone in a rather reflective manner. People asked and I asked myself, “Is my life how I thought it would be?” My response was an extremely sarcastic, “Yes… Kinda.” Yes, in that I love my life, but it wasn’t necessarily the route I had planned. It would be interesting if I could go back and have a conversation with my 17 year-old self again. 

 

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Created: 15 September 2017
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Today's blog is brought to you by LAMC grad and faithful supporter, Joe Clark. In addition to Joe, several other LAMC graduates were invited to join a delegation of community advocates to share the needs of Madison County.  

Thanks to these LAMC grads and servant leaders for sharing of their time and passion:  Dennis Ashley (LAMC '14), Jessica Bannon (LAMC '04), Tom Bannon (LAMC '96), Marlene Carey (LAMC '08), Sally DeVoe (LAMC '06),  Beth Erskine (LAMC '96), Sandy Montgomery (LAMC '09), Sherry Peak-Davis (LAMC '15), Matt Rust (LAMC '16), Michael Schroyer (LAMC '17), and Beth Tharp (LAMC '06).

Here's a message from Joe:  "The Madison County Chamber of Commerce headed to Washington D.C. last week. Comprised of Republicans and Democrats, the team representing our county was made up of business owners and non-profit leadership. We even had direct competitors along for the visit. Regardless of political views, profit centers or ideology, I am proud to say the group worked together to meet with our representatives and come away with progress. Mission accomplished . . . or at least started!"

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Created: 15 September 2017
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After 35 years, people still ask, "Leadership Academy? Now, just what is that?" Good question! Ask all 1600+ grads of our adult and youth program, and you just may get 1600+ answers; and we're okay with that! The program is what YOU make of it. People come to us from all walks of life in all different stages of their life. It's a personal journey that is just that - personal.

Recently, we were honored to wake up to the following editorial from The Herald Bulletin. Click "read more" below to hear their view. Special thanks to The Herald Bulletin for recognizing the commitment of our Leadership Academy of Madison County (LAMC) and Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) alums who are now serving Madison County or the many communities they live, work, and play in. #GrowServeLead

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Created: 08 May 2017
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What to Expect:

“Grow. Serve. Lead.”  “Connecting Servant Leaders to Build Better Communities.”  Sounds like a bunch of touchy-feely, mumbo-jumbo, right? 

Well in 2010, I had the pleasure of finding out what was going on behind those catchy tag lines when I attended the Leadership Academy of Madison County.  At first, I wasn’t excited to attend.  I knew very little about the Academy and what to expect, so I was anxious to say the least.

 

Created: 05 April 2017
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Philanthropy.  It comes in many different forms and looks like so many different things.  An important component of servant leadership is sharing the power of philanthropy with our youth.  

This year, like many others in the past, the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) Class of 2017 hosted a Dance Marathon to raise money for non profit agencies serving children and youth in Madison County.  Inviting their friends from all Madison County high schools to come out for an evening of fun, over 350 students came together to "give back" to Madison County.  Yes, there was dancing with an amazing dj, but there was also competitive 3 on 3 basketball, a lively dodgeball tournament, and, of course, food!

All for a great lesson in philanthropy and giving back.  Grow.Serve.Lead.

 

Created: 04 April 2017
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If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room…

Well, for the past six months, I know that I’ve been in the right room.  I had the distinct privilege of meeting 36 amazing individuals from diverse backgrounds who are talented, witty, creative and smart.

 

Created: 22 March 2017
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I love Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)!   I’m not trying to brag or anything but I think it is one of the best programs in Madison County if not Indiana as a whole. When I found out I got accepted into YLA, I was elated!  It had been a long day at work, I was tired and just wanted to go to bed.  I got a letter that had YLA letterhead on it and I thought surely it was a rejection letter.  I mean why would they want me in their program? But I decided to open it anyway just for fun. The first word I see is Congratulations. I knew at that point I would be in for a great ride. 

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Created: 06 March 2017
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New Year's Resolutions.  As we begin the year 2017, it's hard not to go there even though more times than not, they get lost in the daily grind as we get back to work and school.  "Life happens" and all of a sudden our new year's resolutions are a think of the past much too soon.

What if we keep it simple this year?  Sometimes the smallest and simplest things have the most lasting and powerful impact.  The Best Test is one of those things.  As a leader in your organization, your community, your family, how do things stack up when you apply this simple test?

DO THOSE SERVED GROW AS PERSONS? DO THEY, WHILE BEING SERVED, BECOME HEALTHIER, WISER, FREER, MORE AUTONOMOUS, MORE LIKELY THEMSELVES TO BECOME SERVANTS?

Created: 03 January 2017
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Another tie?  Another candle?  What do you get for the person who has everything?  Give the gift that keeps on giving!

It's time for the Season of Giving Gift Fair.  There is no greater feeling than that of helping others.  Call it philanthropy, gifts of time, talent, & treature, volunteerism, service, paying it forward, or even just giving a hug.  Giving to others is one of the most rewarding things we can do.

Join 17 non profit agencies on Saturday, December 10, 2016, to see philanthropy and helping others live and in person. 

Created: 07 December 2016
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#Giving Tuesday.  To quote Quang Vinh, one of our favorite board members, "I don't understand why we have to have a day for everything."  Good point, Quang!  Why DO we have to have a day for everything?  And, what is all this we hear about #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving.  Since it's founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater contributions, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  Join the movement and give TODAY!

Created: 23 November 2016
Last Updated: 23 November 2016
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