The Center for Independent Living of Broward Presents Leadership CILB

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    The Center for Independent Living of Broward (CILB) is pleased to offer a special leadership opportunity for dedicated individuals with disabilities. The CILB Mission is, "Developing disability advocates in Broward County through education, engagement, awareness, and community impact." This is a very unique and progressive leadership program serving Broward County with the objective to create ambassadors and advocates within our disability community. The program builds a team of community leaders with disabilities while simultaneously developing their personal and professional abilities. This team of leaders will join part of a growing leadership network that is becoming a powerful force for Broward’s disability community. Participants will commit to participating in meetings that focus on specific hot-topic issues, including transportation, healthcare, education, housing, and more. As developing leaders, each individual will take an active role in each month’s meeting and participate in other Leadership CILB activities benefiting the disabled community.

    Program Information and Application Instructions

    Congratulations on your decision to apply to the Leadership CILB program! Leadership CILB offers you an opportunity to improve your leadership skills, develop a more comprehensive understanding of the critical issues facing Broward County’s disabled community, and network with your peers and influential people in our community. Once a month, the Leadership CILB program participants come together for an interactive and inspiring Program Day. While you hone your leadership skills, you’ll learn about the infrastructure of Broward County, the critical issues it faces, and how you can participate in solving those issues. Further, you and your class will determine a project or projects designed to enhance your leadership abilities and that will serve the disability community. The ten-month leadership program begins with an Orientation Retreat in January. Then the following monthly day-long site visits will expose participants to a multitude of issues that impact individuals with disabilities. During the program, each participant will be given the opportunity to develop a wealth of knowledge about Broward County, build a valuable contact network, learn essential leadership skills, and experience the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community. The program culminates with a Graduation Reception where class participants mingle with CILB alumni. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are able to offer this program at no cost to program participants. After completing the Leadership CILB program, graduates are encouraged to continue their participation by volunteering, advocating, and serving as advisors to the new class members following them. We seek to build a large network of united leaders. Benefits of membership include educational forums, community initiatives, and social/networking events that present ongoing opportunities for interaction with others in the community. Eligible participants must: • Have a documented disability. • Be at least 25 years old. • Demonstrate a commitment to improving the community for persons with disabilities. • Commit to full participation and active involvement in the program (Orientation, monthly Program Days, community group projects, and Graduation). • Arrange for his/her own transportation to and from Program Day sites and other program meeting locations. • Be willing to become an ambassador of CILB and spokesperson for disability issues. Before beginning the application, please read the entire application packet carefully in order to ensure that you do not have any conflicts with the dates listed or program requirements. Should you have any questions regarding the program or application process, please do not hesitate to contact Program Director Jené Kapela by phone at (305) 332-6688 or by email at

    Leadership CIL Broward Application Timeline and Selection Process

    Before beginning the application, please read the entire application packet carefully in order to ensure that you do not have any conflicts with the program requirements or dates listed. LCILB is committed to cultural, geographical, racial, ethnic, professional, and economic diversity and considers all applicants who have demonstrated leadership skills and an interest in serving as an advocate for the disabled community. APPLICATION CHECKLIST: 1) Review program requirements carefully and confirm availability to participate on program dates listed. 2) Complete and submit online application. 3) Email to confirm receipt of application and provide headshot-style photo.

    2015 Calendar of Dates

    Program Orientation January 29, 2015 Opening Retreat February 19 Program Days All program days will take place on the third Thursday of each month beginning in March, 2015 and running through November, 2015, with a mid-program break occurring during the summer months of July and August. The Program Days will be scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Topics will include: Economic Development and Tourism March 19 Transportation April 16 Housing and Emergency Preparedness May 21 Cultural Arts and History June 18 Education and Training September 17 Judicial System and Government October 15 Health, Wellness, and Recreation November 19 Graduation December 10, 2015 (Day Program and Evening Reception) The Retreat and Graduation Programs are mandatory - NO EXCEPTIONS All Locations TBD. Dates and times subject to change.Please note that participation in the LCILB Retreat, Graduation, and a minimum of five of the seven monthly Program Days is MANDATORY in order to graduate and receive recognition as an LCILB alumnus/a. Active participation in the community project group is also required.