CHS grads selected for leadership program
Published: Thursday, February 7th, 2013
Brandon Haug of Sioux Falls, a Custer High School class of 2002 graduate, along with Joshua Steinhauer of Spearfish and a CHS class of 2010 graduate, are participating in a statewide leadership program Partners in Policymaking.
"The committee who selects the participants for Partners in Policymaking did an awesome job in filling this class,” said coordinator of the leadership program, Sandy Stocklin Hook, of South Dakota Advocacy Services in Pierre. “Choosing the participants is always difficult as we receive so many excellent and qualified applications. For this year's class, we received around 41 applications and the committee felt that both Brandon and Josh's applications were exceptional. They will be a valuable asset to the class."
Partners training gives individuals knowledge of available resources and assistance to improve their futures. It helps open doors to a new world of opportunities, not just for themselves and their families, but also for the entire disability community.
One weekend per month from November through April these individuals make time from their schedules to participate in a program designed to lead to richer, fuller and more productive lives for themselves and their family members. They will become active partners—partners with community organizations, partners with federal, state, county and local governments, partners with schools, partners with employers and most importantly, partners with each other.
Partners is about empowerment, extending to individuals with disabilities and their families the skills, information, and tools needed to access service delivery systems. Partners in Policymaking trains individuals to become leaders in organizations.
"Our commitment to Partners in Policymaking is to consistently maintain a high quality program. The speakers/presenters are experts in their fields,” Stocklin Hook said. “We are honored to have Josh and Brandon as participants in this program."
Partners is funded in part by grants from the South Dakota council on Developmental Disabilities, Children's Care Hospital and School, USD Center for Disabilities and South Dakota Advocacy Service Facilitates and coordinates the training.
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