The following information is from Class XV’s program description. It will give you an idea about the program but some details may change for future classes. Information and recruitment efforts for the next class will begin in the fall of 2017.
ALP’s curriculum includes training in facilitation, group process, and strategic planning while highlighting the importance of leadership, collaboration and systems thinking. Educational site visits to farms, ranches, aquaculture and ag-forestry businesses, nurseries, watershed protection areas, cultural projects and other rural community endeavors are an essential component of the program. Through visits to the State Legislature and Washington, D.C., participants will also gain first-hand exposure to government policymaking and implementation. An important component is the Capstone project examining an agricultural issue to be completed by every class participant with support from ALP alumni.
ALP’s Class XV will attend a series of seven seminars and a two-week national trip spanning a period of 16 months. The four-day seminars will be held around the State approximately every two months. Content areas integral to agriculture in Hawaiʻi will be imbedded in the curriculum; however, participants will have an opportunity to design parts of the seminars to meet their specific interests.
Here’s a peek at the cohort and activities from Class XIV:
The seminar dates are as follows*:
Seminar One – May 28-31, 2015
Seminar Two – August 6-9, 2015
Seminar Three – October 22-25, 2015
Seminar Four – January 21-24, 2016
National Trip – March 19-April 2, 2016 (Washington, DC and state TBD)
Seminar Five – May 26-29, 2016
Seminar Six – August 4-7, 2016
Seminar Seven – October 7-8, 2016
*The dates of the seminars are set and will be changed only if absolutely necessary.
The in-state seminars will focus on local and state issues such as water, land, labor, markets and sustainability practices. The national trip complements these seminars by providing the participant with a broader perspective. Participants will visit Washington, D.C. and a state the class chooses to study. In Washington, D.C., participants will meet Hawaii’s Congressional delegation and study national and international issues impacting rural communities. During the second part of the trip, the class will be exposed to agricultural and rural community systems in another state. This exposure will highlight points of commonality as well as unique perspectives.
An ideal cohort for Class XV includes participants from large, medium and small for-profit agriculturally related companies, as well as representation from non-profit groups and government agencies that connect directly to agriculture. Having a diverse cohort is central to developing effective resources and relationships that will last long beyond the program ends.
Because attendance at all seminars and the national trip is mandatory, participants must make a serious commitment of time to the ALP. Additional learning or networking opportunities may arise. This time commitment (and potential loss of income for those who are self-employed) is the most significant challenge, but the rewards are immeasurable. Alumni are available to share their experiences and coping strategies with potential applicants and host a potluck for each class on each island. Hereʻs some picʻs!