Emerging Leaders Program


The East Lansing Emerging Leaders Program is an eight-week course in civic engagement, which supports today's emerging leaders. The program is free.

Participants will hone leadership and public service skills by learning about a variety of topics with courses taught by a range of local business, community and government leaders.

By the end of the eight weeks, graduates will:

  • have a broad understanding of the community;
  • become comfortable and skilled neighborhood leaders;
  • serve as a community resource for information;
  • be prepared to serve on a City sanctioned board or commission;
  • develop a network of neighborhood contacts; and
  • be positioned to become positively engaged in community service.
Many past graduates have gone on to serve as members of neighborhood associations, City boards and commissions and City Council.

If interested, please complete the ONLINE APPLICATION by January 20, 2017.

All applicants must be East Lansing residents (either homeowner or renter) and 18 years or older. Applicants must complete an application and participate in an evaluation and selection process. Applicants cannot be running for, or currently serving in, an elected office.

 2017 Key Dates
 Registration Deadline  Jan. 20
 Participants Notified
 Jan. 23 - 27
 First Session
 Monday, February 13
 Regular Sessions (Thursday evenings)
 No session on March 9 or April 6

 Feb. 16 - April 20