21inc Search for Top Young Leaders

21inclogo 21inc. launched a province-wide search for 21 enthusiastic and energetic young New Brunswickers on May 1st to participate in its 21 leaders program – a unique leadership development experience designed to give new and emerging leaders the tools, networks and confidence to make a significant positive impact in their careers and on the province.

Participants in the 2009 21 leaders program will have the opportunity to meet with – and learn from – established provincial and national leaders; accelerate their leadership development by designing and implementing Community Solutions Projects and, importantly, join a dynamic and diverse network of engaged young New Brunswickers committed to their province and its future.

The selected 21 Leaders join a movement, gathering young leaders who share similar objectives of actively contributing to the development and growth of New Brunswick.

“Through the 21 Leaders program, I found a group of people as ambitious as I am, and around whom my ideas and energy were average! I found it really energizing,” explains Phillippe Ouellette, a 2008 21 Leader.

The 2009 class will be selected by an inter-disciplinary panel of judges. Applicants will be chosen based on a combination of criteria, including: their vision; professional and extra-curricular contributions; and for their capacity to have an impact on the province and its people.

Application guidelines and more detailed program information are available at www.21inc.ca.

21inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and inspiring some of New Brunswick’s most promising young people into the best leaders in Canada. Established in 2006 by the first group of 21 leaders who participated in a UNB program called NextNB, 21inc.

Executive Director Tim Coates said, “The 21 leaders experience offered us considerable education and encouragement. We want to offer other young New Brunswickers the same chance we had to develop as effective 21st Century leaders, broaden their networks and gain a deeper understanding of our province and its challenges.”

The 21 Leaders program is made up of three accelerators of days each in Fredericton, Moncton and Bathurst, where Leaders develop specific skills and engage in policy dialogues while also contributing to their personal and professional goals. A one week study-tour of the province allows participants to deepen their understanding of the province and its strengths and weaknesses. The Leaders hone and refine their skills by executing a Community Solutions Project, in partnership with charitable organizations around the province. Projects will be presented at the final accelerator in June 2010, in Bathurst.

The 21 Leaders program is increasingly proving itself as one of the country’s preeminent leadership development programs. It is demonstrating that building a learning environment where young people develop the skills, abilities and meaningful relationships with peers and established leaders, fosters dynamic and committed leaders.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on June 10, 2009.