Candidate Qualifications

Approximately 50 participants are chosen from the pool of applicants to create a diverse class with respect to several factors, including occupation, leadership experience, ethnicity, gender, age, geography, cultural perspective, and time in the community.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications:

  • At least three years work experience
  • Cannot be a candidate for public office at the time of application
  • Willing and able to commit the time and resources to fully participate in the program
  • Upon graduating, willing and able to volunteer 20 hours of service to Leadership Asheville, or the UNC Asheville programs over the span of 2 years

LA seeks individuals who are:

  • Passionate about strengthening community and civic awareness, commitment, and involvement
  • Curious and comfortable communicating their ideas
  • Interested in their community and committed to making a difference
  • Open-minded
  • Willing to take risks
  • Clearly able to work collaboratively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Prepared to mobilize other community members
  • Motivated and interested in new learning, self-discovery, community exposure, and networking
  • Ready to use their LA Program experience in serving the community

In order to complete the LA Program, participants are required to:

  • Attend a mandatory orientation session
  • Attend a mandatory two-day, two-night opening retreat
  • Attend program days from September to May
  • Engage in pre and post-class reflections, exercises, and reading assignments
  • Participate in and contribute to a small team project and other activities that may take at least 20 additional hours outside of scheduled meeting times