Hope is on the Alta "Horizon" you're invited to join in the celebration!
Over the course of several weeks, a large, diverse group of residents, concerned about the future of their community, took part in a leadership training course, Horizons Community Leadership Program to Reduce Poverty. Their concern for the community continues.
Alta is one of only 24 other communities in the state have taken part in this unique program. Iowa State University Extension has been delivering the Horizons program with funding from Northwest Area Foundation out of St. Paul, Minn.
Communities with a population of 500-5,000 exhibiting a 10 percent poverty rate, may apply to be part of the program; 85 communities applied and met the criteria but only a handful were selected.
The topics discussed by the horizons committee have included:
* Finding leaders within the community
* Identifying community assets
* Management ideas for bringing results
* Making meetings work
* Managing conflicts
* Building partnerships
* Moving from talk to action
* Communication for change
While the program helps communities take charge and build stronger leaders to address poverty and economic decline, the information helps build better leaders for other projects they may be involved in.
The program includes two more phases with hopes that changes within the community will come about.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Horizons Sunday, June 22 at the Alta community Center. A free supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. with a program to follow. (RSVP for supper is appreciated and may be done by calling BV County Extension at 732-5056.)
Please attend and hear what Alta residents have learned and accomplished through the program.
Topics to be discussed include:
* What is being done to make this a thriving community?
* How can we continue to work together to make Alta a community where there is prosperity for all?