Great KIDS Leadership Academy

Great KIDS Make Great Communities is excited to launch the Leadership Academy.  The vision of the Academy is to equip leaders with the skills to implement change both within their organizations and across the community.  The 2018 Academy will focus on CHILDHOOD TRAUMA and bring together innovators from all sectors.  Participants will learn how to apply evidence-based practices and policies to support our children and families.

Upon completion of the academy participants will receive a Continuing Education Certificate from Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Who Should Apply?

The Leadership Academy is designed for public and private sector leaders working in social services, juvenile justice, education, health care, law enforcement, mental health and other community organizations.  Attendees of the Leadership Academy will be the current and future leaders of these organizations—individuals who are responsible for and capable of effecting change.  There is no fee for participants.  Applications are accepted Feb. 26 – March 26, 2018. The cohort will be notified of selection by April 6, 2018.

The Capstone Project

After completing the Leadership Academy training sessions, participants will be responsible for the execution of a Capstone Project – a set of actions designed and implemented by participants to initiate or continue collaborative efforts to improve awareness of childhood trauma and the development of programs to address needs in Allen County.

Development and Funding

The Academy has been developed through consultation with Shay Bilchik, JD, and Macon Stewart, MSW, of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy.

Funding for the Great KIDS Leadership Academy has been made possible by Foellinger Foundation.


Contact Joelle Schrader, Leadership Academy Coordinator