APPLICATIONS FOR ALP CLASS XVII WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY OF 2020. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.
Read below for detailed information on Program Background, Curriculum, Cohort, ALP Training Team, and Recruitment Information.
The Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) is the signature training program of the Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i (ALFH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1982. This multi-disciplinary statewide program brings together promising leaders from Hawai‘i’s agriculture, natural resources management and rural community sectors. By combining strong leadership content with exposure to organizations, agricultural operations and community networks, participants develop their path toward becoming the innovative problem-solvers and leaders that are so needed in Hawai‘i.
Through the ALP, participants will develop the knowledge, relationships, tools and skills that will enable them to be more successful in their work and other community endeavors. ALP trains individuals who have already demonstrated a commitment to lead in their line of work or community activities. This is not a training program in farm production.
Agriculture is still an important economic sector of Hawai‘i’s economy, but it is largely misunderstood by the average person. In these times where divergent views of agriculture tend to pull the sector apart, it is more important than ever to work together because the economic and cultural vitality of agriculture and rural communities has reverberating effects throughout our entire society.
If we as a community maintain that a healthy, thriving sustainable agriculture sector is an important piece of Hawai‘i’s overall future, we must continue to support those who will help get us there. We need strong, effective voices helping to show the way.
ALP’s curriculum includes training in facilitation and group process, while highlighting the importance of leadership, collaboration, mediation, systems thinking and more. 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 gain first-hand exposure to government policymaking and implementation. Additionally, each participants completes a Capstone Project that examines an agricultural issue.
ALP’s Class XVII will attend seminars around the state and will also take part in a two-week national trip spanning. The program spans a period of 18 months. The seminars, typically 4 days each, will introduce content areas integral to agriculture in Hawai‘i (e.g., water, land, labor, markets and sustainability practices). After seminar 1, participants will play a role in seminar planning so some aspects of learning can be designed to meet the class’ specific interests. The national trip to Washington, D.C. and a state the class chooses to study, complements the local seminars by providing participants with a broader perspective. In Washington, D.C., participants will meet Hawai‘i’s Congressional delegation and study agricultural policies and 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 the state of the class’ choice. This exposure will highlight points of commonality as well as unique perspectives.
Seminar Dates for ALP Class XVII are to be determined. Check back for exact schedule. Please note that attendance at all ALP seminars and the two-week national trip is mandatory. Please plan ahead.
An ideal cohort for Class XVII will include 12-15 participants from large, medium and small for-profit agriculture-related companies, as well as representation from non-profit groups and government agencies that connect directly to agriculture and natural resources. Having a diverse cohort is central to developing effective resources and relationships that will last long beyond the program’s conclusion.
Participants must make a serious time commitment to the ALP. 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.
ALP TRAINING TEAM
The training team for ALP Class XVII is being determined. Check back for updates
The ALP seeks applicants who can demonstrate a serious commitment to strengthening agriculture in Hawai‘i through their work and/or volunteer activities. Priority is given to applicants who work directly in agriculture (e.g., production of crops, livestock, forestry, ornamental and/or turf crops) or agriculture industry support endeavors (e.g., processing, handling, shipping, and delivering products to the consumer, or financing and management). Natural resources management professionals who work closely with agricultural communities, as well as those involved in rural community development, are also invited to apply.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders and must be residents of Hawai‘i for at least two years. Applicants must show a commitment to remain in Hawai‘i and must have approval from their employer to take the required time to participate in ALP. Self-employed individuals must demonstrate their ability to be away from their enterprises for the necessary amount of time.
Every applicant is expected to make the following commitments if he or she is selected for the ALP:
- To attend all seminars and the national trip
- To complete all assignments on time
- To continue leadership and responsibility within the industry or community, during and post program
- To participate in follow-up assessments and post-graduate leadership activities
- To be actively committed to the perpetuation of the ALP, including an annual financial contribution and future assistance with fundraising, mentoring future class members, and other initiatives
Application and Selection Process, Criteria and Policies
Applicants are required to submit an ALP Application Form, an Employer’s Commitment Form (if applicable), and three ALP Recommendation Forms. If applicable, applicants must also submit a Significant Other Form.
The Selection Committee, comprised of program staff, ALFH board members, and alumni, will review applications and select those who will be interviewed in person. Applicants are reviewed based upon the following criteria:
- Interest and desire to participate in the ALP
- Demonstrated leadership qualities as evidenced by community, industry or government organizational activities and positions of responsibility
- Commitment to strengthening agriculture in Hawai‘i and creating sustainable communities
- Commitment to learning and personal growth
- Written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills
- Ability to make time and travel commitment
The Selection Committee will also consider and apply the following additional policies:
- Each class will reflect a reasonable representation of geographical locations as well as business, government, and non-profit organizations.
- All applicants will be considered without discrimination regarding race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
- All applicants must be willing to sign a general release of liability form and provide relevant medical information
Recruitment and Selection Timeline
- Applications for Class XVII will be available in January of 2020. Application deadline is to be determined.
- Informational conference calls with Program Staff are available prior to the application deadline (upon request).
- Selection timeline is to be determined.
Over the course of 18 months, the value of the ALP is over $20,000 per participant. Much of this is subsidized by the fundraising efforts of ALFH. Supplemental funding is provided by participant tuition as well as cash and in-kind contributions from alumni, individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations.
The tuition for the Class XVII Agricultural Leadership Program is to be determined. The tuition is primarily allocated to support travel costs (airfare, shared lodging, and ground transportation) on neighbor island visits and the national trip. All meals and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each participant, which could average $50 per day. The tuition may be paid in three installments.
The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i encourages applicants to seek sponsorship from businesses or organizations to which they belong in the form of financial assistance for part or all of the tuition to support their training. While participants expand their personal leadership skills and networks as a result of participating in the program, the businesses and organizations they belong to also benefit from their training. Recognizing that employees of small businesses and non-profit organizations, and those that are self-employed, may have limited resources, partial scholarships may be available based on financial need.
For More Information:
Contact ALFH Executive & Program Director Christine Brammer via Email or Call (808) 947-2914.
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