Middle Bit: Applications now accepted for 2019 Community Connect program

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute has announced that applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 Community Connect program, which begins in February.

The five-session program, facilitated by Dr. Christi Hegstad and program alumni, offers a dynamic learning environment and ensures interaction with each mentor as well as other program participants. Between sessions, participants meet in small groups to build relationships and to support momentum toward goals.

Thirty program participants will move through a five-session curriculum of self-discovery, while mentors provide guidance and connections that encourage community engagement.

“The most meaningful part of this program was connecting with my purpose and values. It gave me time to sit down and evaluate who I am, where I spend my time and how these two areas of my life interconnect. This program has given me the confidence to take more risks to find joy and to believe in myself because my purpose and values will always be a guide,” said Kaylie Hoyle, 2018 Community Connect participant.

Interested potential applicants are invited to learn more about the Community Connect program at an informational session on Monday, October 22nd, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Registrations for this free event.

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