Leadership Stockton Alumni Association in the News
Leadership Stockton Alumni Association in the News
On Thursday, September 15, 2016 members of the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association donated over 80 life vests for adults and children to the Stockton Fire Department, Station No. 10 to the Loaner Life Jacket Program. A BIG thank you to Stockton Fire Division Chief, Matt Duaime (LS Class of 2003) for helping us coordinate this donation. A special thank you to Fire Chief Erik Newman, Battalion Chief Matt Knierim, Captain Lenard Gutierrez and Engineer Aaron Hall for taking the time to tell us about the impact this program has on our community.
The 2016-17 Newsletter and Dues Renewal have hit mailboxes! To view a PDF of the entire newsletter please click on the picture below.
LS Alumni, to renew your dues or join the LSAA for 2016-17 please see the link below!!
Leadership Stockton Graduation photos from June were featured in the September San Joaquin Magazine that just came out!
Photos from the June Stockton Chamber Installation Dinner were also featured where Leadership Stockton Class of 2012 Alumni and LSAA Treasurer Bakul Patel was installed as the new Stockton Chamber President. There is a great photo of him with some Class of 2012 Alumni in there!
There was also a nice article about Leadership Stockton Class of 2014 Alumna Allison Dumas in the magazine too!
The Central Valley Business Journal had a great article about the Stockton Chamber’s Leadership Stockton Program. Some great quotes from current class members and alumni, and LSAA Board members Trevor Womack and Timm Quinn! Check it out below, or click the link to view the article on the CVBJ site.
August 30, 2016
By MELISSA HUTSELL
Business Journal writer
MANTECA — Leadership Stockton, an annual course offered by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, launched its 36th cohort this August.
Throughout the class, students learn leadership theory, participate in team building activities, and visit various state and regional institutions.
Building bonds with open-minded people who share a passion to improve their community is part of what inspired Stockton native TaShante McCoy-Ham to join Leadership Stockton. She wants to deliver, not just services, but hope.
“I love Stockton,” she said. “The goal is to create a positive light within our community. Especially on ours (because Stockton gets) a little bit of bad press. I know a lot of good people and businesses here.”
McCoy-Ham is the founder of the OWL Movement and Stockton Angel Mothers. She said team building exercises have been especially effective. The first team meeting included an obstacle course with activities such as sorting items blindfolded or balancing on a teeter totter.
“It took us out of our normal environment,” McCoy-Ham said. “We were strangers at that moment in time. After that, call us family.”
Leadership Stockton is the first continuous leadership organization of its type west of the Rockies, according to Program Director Timm Quinn, who was a member of the class of 2008.
In 1981, its 15 founding members decided to create the leadership program. The closest national program was in Denver, Colorado, so the group headed there to observe.
“They liked what they saw,” Quinn said. “But Leadership Denver got people involved in public office. (Leadership Stockton) wanted to focus on the community service aspect.”
Upon their return, the co-founders formed the West Coast’s inaugural leadership course, which focused on community involvement rather than political participation.
It has since become a model for others throughout California. Today, more than 800 participants have completed the program and countless Stocktonians benefit from its continual efforts.
The course gathers professionals from a diversity of fields, including law enforcement, health care, social services, education and business. From August until June, they come together once a month to work on a project aimed at benefiting the city they share.
“We look for people (who are ready to) get their hands dirty and get something done,” Quinn said. This is a cross-section of leaders from all communities, life experience, and age groups which range from those in their 20s to 60s. “(We help them) find leadership qualities in themselves.”
Leadership Stockton matches participants with the information and tools needed to make a collective impact.
Each September, participants choose a project or series of projects after assessing the needs of the city. Members create their plan of action and raise the funds and resources necessary. Previous ventures have included renovations of South Stockton’s McKinley Center, Emergency Food Bank, the Gospel Center Rescue Mission and the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless.
The class of 2016, which just ended, raised nearly $40,000 for its project PEACE, or Police Encouragement and Public Engagement. Part of that money paid for an exterior “face-lift” of the Stockton Police Department and sponsored an event for 100 school children and officers at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. To strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the public, PEACE also released the documentary “Hearts of Blue.”
Trevor Womack, a second-generation Leadership Stockton graduate, 2011 alumni and a deputy chief with the Stockton Police Department, said his participation in the program was “significant” and helped advance his career. He said it strengthened his ability to serve the community in a way his formal education and training couldn’t do alone.
“(The course) teaches and applies leadership skills in a hands-on way right here within the community,” he said.
Womack, who is also an active Leadership Stockton Alumni Association board member, said that although he grew up in Stockton, the program opened his eyes, and established connections through the community project. It was the first time he and many other participants had ever taken on such an endeavor. The fundraising, planning, and coordination exponentially raised his level of his skillsets.
McCoy-Ham is looking forward to elevating her skills and understanding of the community as well.
“Leadership Stockton provides (us) with the knowledge needed to be connected to the community,” she said. “The more knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the city that we possess, the more tools we have as leaders to implement growth and prosperity.”
Leadership Stockton Graduates have come from a variety of public and private businesses including (but not limited to):
Dorfman Pacific Co.
Stockton Shelter for the Homeless
California Society of CPAs
Central Valley Low Income Housing
San Joaquin Delta Community College
Health Plan of San Joaquin
Stockton Police Department
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We are excited to announce that we will be honoring Peter Johnson, LS Class of 2002, University of the Pacific Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development, as the 2016 LSAA Alumni of the Year!!
We will be presenting Peter with his award at the 35th Annual Leadership Stockton Graduation on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Hilton Stockton. Come out and help us celebrate this amazing Leadership Stockton Class of 2016 and Peter Johnson. Tickets are $40 each. For ticket information see the link below.
Great article in the Positive Perspectives Stockton Magazine about the Community Leadership Breakfast – Education! The article starts on page 23 of the magazine, click the link below to read it or see the pictures.
Great article in the May 13, 2016 Record about the Community Leadership Breakfast!
Education leaders highlight anti-dropout programs
STOCKTON — Community leaders, organizers and educators shared breakfast and discussed education during the second annual Community Leadership Breakfast on Thursday morning, presented by the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association.
Situated in The Record Press Club at the Stockton Arena, hundreds of corporate professionals and representatives from several organizations heard presentations on the advances of education at the University of the Pacific, San Joaquin Delta College and the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
James Mousalimas, county superintendent of schools, whose office oversees 14 independent school districts, explained several programs that are available to the youth most at risk of dropping out.
Mousalimas talked about the newest program, the National Guard Youth Challenge program, slated to kick off in January.
The Discovery Challenge Academy, which is currently under renovation at the Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, is aimed at youth who voluntarily join the program. It gives those at the greatest risk of dropping out of high school, or becoming involved in drug and alcohol abuse or criminal activity, a second chance to achieve academic success.
The academy will serve 150 cadets in the inaugural class and eventually house 200 boys and 200 girls. Mousalimas said similar programs have recorded success rates of 70 percent.
“It will help find a way to get (students) back on track so they can be successful adults in our community, because if we aren’t successful in doing that, they are headed to prison or violence out on the street,” Mousalimas said. “Anything that we can do to stop that and to get these young men and women redirected is a benefit for our community.”
The Challenge program consists of two phases: a structured 5½-month residential timeline focused on meeting high school requirements and life skills; and a 12-month post-residential stage involving trained mentors to provide guidance and support.
Delta College serves post-high school students. President Kathy Hart said one key difference in education over the past 15 years has been the research focused on outcomes of students going through public education programs and institutions.
About 50 percent of students enrolled at Delta College are the first generation in their families to attend college, Hart said.
“We have to realize those students who are first-generation may not have the skills, abilities and understandings that allow them to succeed on their own,” she said. “We see many students come to us who really don’t know how to navigate the system.”
She said something seemingly simple as registering for a class at any university or college may not be an easy task for some students. Hart highlighted several initiatives such as the Adult Education Block Grant and Career Technical Education, were 60 percent of first-time students earn a certificate.
Pacific president Pamela Eibeck said it is important that the community of Stockton actively participates in staying informed and engaged in programs such as early literacy and providing internships for students to gain job experience.
Pacific has a diverse student population, with 29 percent of those who categorize as white and non-Hispanic. Many students enrolled are also not wealthy, Eibeck said, with about 20-25 percent of students who also are the first generation in their families to attend college, and those families struggle to pay for tuition.
“We give out $60 million in financial grants each year … we keep tuition down and haven’t had an increase of over 3.9 percent in years,” she said. “We look at every way in keeping the control of costs down and limit future tuition increases to be even less.”
Eibeck stressed that higher education is going though tremendous challenges right now as the university finds ways to remain affordable. She said the community working collectively to help young people is important for the future of San Joaquin County.
“I encourage you to think about how you can establish scholarships; how you can have internships in your company in the summers or during the year for our students,” Eibeck said.
“But as a citizen of Stockton, I truly want to help every one of you, every day, to think about what actions you can take to help our young people succeed in school, and be prepared for a powerful life through a college education.”