March Message from the Executive Director

March is a month of human needs, when we as a program focus on the challenges our community citizens face from poverty to mental health needs to battling racism. Our community recently launched #SpoKind, a campaign to emphasize that we, as a community, open our hearts to all. Leadership Spokane partners with this important community initiative to focus on the power of kindness. March is also a month when, metaphorically, spring does return to our program as we start interviews for the Class of 2019. All applications are due April 1 and are available on this website. Our program, in its 36th year, will keep “blooming” to bring a new cohort of leaders committed to helping alleviate human needs, show kindness and to help build our community to be better for others. Our youth program, this month, focuses on economic revitalization and how communities attract businesses to grow economies. It is recruiting time for our high school youth as well – YLS application deadline is May 15. It is a rejuvenating month for us and giving us the most hope are four adult service projects going strong, and our youth visiting Second Harvest and Blessings Under the Bridge to serve. The leadership journey continues and it remains promising. We believe to the core that leadership never stops. Our tireless goal . . . deliver more dedicated leaders in 2018 and 2019! That is our mission; that is our calling. We are here for Spokane, we are here for others. We know that Leadership matters . . . Spokane matters . . . and citizenship matters. We are three-decades strong and getting stronger. Our distinguished Board of Directors and Ms. Ruth Reynolds, Ms. Jaxon Riley and I are committed to building upon our proud past for a fantastic future. Leadership Lights the Way! – Brian Newberry