Leader Support Groups
to refresh, help with focus, and broaden vision.
Selected by the President's Advisory Board on Race
as a Promising Practice to improve race relations.
Leader Support Groups are being organized in Saint Louis,
Missouri, USA by Kevin L. Chestnut.
To hear a welcome,
The City of Saint Louis is 97% African-American on the northside and 90% European-American on the southside. Of the several hundred leaders I've interviewed here, 98% say St. Louis is the most divided metropolitan area they have ever experienced!
(See Facts for Leaders .)
A leader is
who is working with others to help improve the community, not just someone in a formal position. A leader's activity may be through a school, congregation, neighborhood, political issue, or perhaps within the family.
A Leader Support Group is a set of 10 leaders active in the City.....
Who are chosen to reflect the composition of the City by at least age, sex, and race
Who have not met each other before
Who meet together for two hours once each month
Who take equal time to tell about their progress as leaders
And who commit to confidentiality
(Click to see a sample group)
Most people who apply want to.....
Prevent burnout, since they are being stretched so thin
Get better focus, since they are feeling overwhelmed
Broaden their perspective about the City and their leadership in general (Here's a one-page article about the program)
"Seeing others' courage is heartening, which builds my courage."
"After I come here, I feel refreshed, focused for the month to come."
"I got so much out of it, so many ideas I can apply in my own life!"
"We have more in common than society would have us believe."
"I appreciate just talking off the top of my head and not having to defend
what I say. To sit and listen is very freeing to me."
"No matter whose situation is described,
we have the same basic problems, obstacles, and possibilities in motivating ourselves and others. We're all in this together!"
"It's fascinating to hear different perspectives, how others do things, and to see where I fit in."
"I am deliberately working at diversity by participating."
"This group gives me a time of peace, reflection, and empathy with others.
It's good to know that EVERYONE feels frustrated at times and in the same way as I am."
(More extensive comments here)
NEW --- See map where participants live --- NEW
Group #6 series completed (2nd Friday evenings)
Group #5 series completed (3rd Tuesday evenings)
Group #4 series completed (2nd Monday evenings)
Group #3 series completed (3rd Wednesday evenings)
Group #2 series completed (2nd Saturday afternoons)
Group #1 series completed (3rd Sunday evenings)
May 1, 1993 - Dedication to create this program of leadership support
by phone at 314-772-8350;
by mail at 3859 Cleveland Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110;
or through e-mail at building(
A full account and history
of the program's development will be available.
Let me know if you are interested in this.
Special thanks to
who has given invaluable and patient assistance
in developing this leadership program.
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