Littleton Leadership Academy
The Littleton Leadership Academy has its roots in the Littleton Community Retreat founded in 1975. For many years the retreat was held over a weekend for citizens to explore and discuss important issues in the community. In 2015, former Littleton mayors and council members Susan Thornton, Pat Cronenberger, and Amy Conklin decided to evolve the retreat into a 10-month Academy consisting of full-day once a month meetings. The last Littleton Leadership Academy was held in 2019 and then the global pandemic halted the annual continuation of the program.
As the City of Littleton’s community college, Arapahoe Community College has a long history of supporting the growth and development of individuals within the community. Building on that history Arapahoe Community College will be restarting and serving as the new home for the Littleton Leadership Academy. In January of 2024 Arapahoe Community College will be welcoming a new group of Littleton residents and individuals working for employers within the City of Littleton to participate in the program. This program will provide an opportunity for participants to explore and engage with civic leaders, organizations, systems, and socioeconomic issues impacting the City. Through this exploration and engagement participants will gain a greater understanding of how and why decisions and policies are made giving them a unique perspective to influence civic and community life. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine themselves as leaders, build professional relationships and networks with individuals interested in supporting the City, and develop new skills that will give them the ability to implement positive change for the community.
Who Should Apply?
The Littleton Leadership Academy welcomes individuals who are leaders or aspiring leaders from all sectors including corporate, nonprofit, government, education, and entrepreneurs. Ideal candidates for the program are collaborative, innovative, action-oriented, creative, humble, and demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity.
Arapahoe Community College is an inclusive organization. We welcome and value the identities and experiences of our students, staff, faculty, and surrounding communities. We seek to engage and support historically marginalized groups whom higher education has traditionally failed to serve. We welcome candidates who reflect the City of Littleton’s and surrounding area diversity of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, ancestry, disability and veteran status.
To be considered for the Littleton Leadership Academy, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Live or work in the City of Littleton
- Have been in their current full-time position for at least one year as of the start of the program (it is an advantage, but not a requirement)
- Have a desire for leadership growth
- Have a history of volunteering or other civic engagement activities
- Passion and drive to tackle some of the challenging issues facing the City of Littleton
- A willingness and ability to commit fully to the Academy
- Be 18 years of age or older
The Littleton Leadership Academy is a 10-month long program consisting of full-day once a month meetings from 8:30am to 4pm on the 3rd Friday of the month beginning in January of 2024. Individuals accepted into the program will commit to the following expectations:
- Attendance at each Friday session with active engagement and participation.
Note: We realized that life happens and allow for two emergency or pre-planned conflicts in order to graduate from the program.
- Active engagement and participation in the Friday sessions.
- Completion of assignments for each of the Friday sessions.
- Completion of a project plan for something that you are passionate about which will contribute to the Littleton community
- A financial contribution to the Littleton Leadership Academy in the amount of $500 by you or your employer or a sponsoring organization. Due by January 12, 2024. (Scholarships are available. debbie [dot] shackelford [at] arapahoe [dot] edu (Please reach out to Debbie Shackelford.))
Now Accepting Applications
*Deadline to Apply is January 12 by 5pm