FRAMINGHAM – The current class of the MetroWest Leadership Academy recently announced the start of their community service project.
The class of 2017 created “30 Days of Awareness,” a social media campaign addressing the opioid crisis and its effect on the MetroWest community.
The campaign began yesterday, May 1 and will run throughout the month of May. Topics include the scope of the problem, awareness, resources for treatment and recovery, support for family members, and impacts on law enforcement and health professionals.
Using social media as a primary platform, the Academy class will be posting valuable information about each topic once daily using the Leadership MetroWest Facebook and Twitter pages. The class will also be sharing these posts on their personal profiles for better reach, in addition to local organizations who have also agreed to share posts for maximum reach and awareness.
According to Helen Lemoine, the Executive Director at Leadership MetroWest, “When meeting with municipal, public safety, and health and human services leaders in MW, when we asked about the most pressing challenge they faced, each said unequivocably that the opioid crisis is the most urgent. I’m proud that the class decided that joining the fight against the ever-spreading opioid crisis would be their class community service project. The collective impact of the Academy class and the alumni network is a powerful way to help make a difference in our communities.”
Once the campaign is complete, all resources shared during the month of May will be posted to the Leadership MetroWest website, www.leadershipmetrowest.org for reference. Follow along with the campaign by visiting their Facebook page, “Leadership MetroWest” and Twitter page @LeadMetroWest.
The mission of Leadership MetroWest and the Academy program is to build and inspire a network of engaged and collaborative leaders who move the MetroWest region forward.
The Leadership Academy is the flagship program of Leadership MetroWest, a respected nonprofit organization providing community leadership development, now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Upon graduation of the class of 2017 in June, there will be more than 800 Academy alumni. This network has had a transformative impact on the region’s success, serving as leaders in business, nonprofits, government, education, and as community volunteers, board members and elected and appointed officials.
Each year the Leadership Academy selects 30 established and emerging leaders from every sector to come together to explore issues, institutions, resources, and challenges in the region. Academy fellows engage in monthly site visits and discussions with local and state leaders and experts. They experience diverse schools of thought and teambuilding while enhancing their own leadership capacity and cultivating relationships with other leaders.
At each of 10 monthly Leadership Academy days, time is set aside for work on a community service project that will have a positive impact in the region. Leadership fellows get hands-on experience in every aspect of creating a community-based initiative that will be implemented by the end of the program year.
Leadership Academy fellows emerge with valuable cross-sector connections, community knowledge, and a strong sense of personal direction and awareness, and better prepared to help effect community and organizational change.