Leadership Ceres is a 9-month, intensive program designed to develop a continual pool of leadership talent for our community.
Participants meet for an all-day retreat in early September, and the class continues to meet on the third Friday of each month through May with today's leaders on the social, cultural, political, and economic facets of our community, as well as participate in team-building exercises and skills curriculum taught by local experts. It is designed to motivate and encourage participants to take on leadership roles in the Ceres community.
Through exchange of ideas, community experiences, and leadership skill-building sessions, Leadership participants begin to develop specific interests in the concerns of our community and emerge equipped with the skills and knowledge to positively affect our communities. This program is geared at developing a knowledge and understanding of the Ceres community, from its challenges to its potential.
Participation in Leadership Ceres is $550 at the early bird rate. Cost is $750 from June 30 - August 31. Registration closes August 31. (Early bird rate ends June 30.)
Leadership participants also complete the Community Passport, an agenda of community projects and exercises to enhance participants' knowledge of our community. Passport activities include:
- Choose One:
Vote in a regional election
Take and post a selfie while you are Shopping Ceres First!
Send an editorial/letter to the editor to the Ceres Courier about your experience in Leadership Ceres
Host a dinner prepared with ingredients from our local farmers' markets and post a selfie
Volunteer in Love Ceres
Attend the Ceres Street Faire or Smoke on the River BBQ Festival
Volunteer at the Chamber's Annual Community Service Award & Installation Dinner
In addition to the Community Passport, Leadership participants also complete a group project, which pairs Leadership students with area non-profit organizations to learn about their missions and implement a fundraising plan to meet specific needs of those organizations.
Leadership Ceres Tentative Schedule & Itinerary
Saturday, Sept TBD: Kickoff Retreat at Location TBD
Friday, Sept. TBD: Community Overview/Leadership Orientation, Bus Tour
Friday, Oct. TBD: Economic Development, Workforce Training and Business Resources
Friday, Nov. TBD: Planes, Trains and Regional Transportation Issues
Friday, Dec. TBD: Eggs with Elected Officials at the Whitmore Mansion
Friday, Jan. TBD: Education Services and Media Training
Friday, Feb. TBD: Human Services: Ceres Partnership, Children's Crisis Center & Justice Center Tours
Friday, Mar. TBD: Group Project Presentations
Friday, Apr. TBD: Keeping a Community Safe - A Look at Crime Prevention & Public Safety Services
Friday, May TBD: Ceres' Role in the Agriculture Industry
Friday, June TBD: Take the Lead and Graduation
The mission of YPLA Ceres is to encourage area youth to participate, be engaged, and facilitate understanding among their peers about community issues and opportunities, with the overall goal of developing young leaders in and for the Ceres community.
A. The program is open to individuals 16-21. Applicants must submit an application and essay describing their reason for wanting to participate in the program and why they believe they will benefit from attending the Academy. Participants may be subject to an interview prior to acceptance.
B. Attendees that are currently in high school must have approval from the principal of the school and their parents. They must hold a 2.0 GPA and may not have any F’s or U’s on their latest report card. A copy of transcripts must be submitted with the application and essay.
C. The Academy will host up to 10 YPLA participants each year. Attendees must dress professionally,
unless told by instructors to dress differently for special tours.
D. The Academy will partner with the City of Ceres, Ceres Unified School District, Service Clubs,
other public agencies and local businesses to educate attendees on subect matter.
Participation in YPLA is $350 at the early bird rate. Cost is $550 from June 30 - August 31. Registration closes August 31. (Early bird rate ends June 30.)