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. Recruitment efforts for Class XVI is scheduled to begin in the FALL of 2017.
Here’s an informative slide show about the Agricultural Leadership Program and applying to Class XVI:
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 agricultural 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 and residents of Hawaiʻi for at least two years and show a commitment to stay in Hawaiʻi. Applicants 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 (e.g. readings, writings, Capstone project)
- 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 and initiatives.
Application and Selection Process, Criteria and Policies
Applicants are required to submit an Application form, an Employer’s Commitment form (if applicable), and three Recommendation forms. If applicable, applicants must also submit a Significant Other form.
The Selection Committee, comprised of program staff and alumni, will review applications and select those who will be interviewed in person. Final selections will be made approximately one month prior to the start of the program.
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 for all seminars and trips
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
- Application materials available by January 2, 2015
- Informational webinars on February 6, 11 and 19, 2015
- Deadline for applications – March 2, 2015
- Interviews and selections during March, 2015
- Selections made and applicants notified by April 10, 2015
- First Seminar for Class XIV to be held on May 28-31, 2015
The value of the Program is $20,000 per participant. Much of this is subsidized by the fundraising efforts of ALFH. Supplemental funding is provided by participant tuition (about one-quarter), in-kind services and contributions from alumni, individuals, business, foundations and organizations.
The tuition for the 16-month Agricultural Leadership Program is $5,000. The tuition will be paid in three installments:
- First installment of $2,000 is due before the first seminar – May 28, 2015
- Second installment of $1,500 is due after the first six months – December 1, 2015
- Final installment of $1,500 is due before the national trip – March 1, 2016
The tuition is primarily allocated to interisland airfare and lodging when the participant travels to a neighbor island. It also covers the cost of airfare and lodging during the Washington, D.C. portion of the national trip. All meals and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each participant as well as the lodging during the state portion of the national trip.
The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaiʻi 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. Partial scholarships may be provided to applicants based on financial need. See the Scholarship Application for more information.
For More Information…
For those interested in applying, we will hold a series of informational webinars about the Agricultural Leadership Program on:
- February 6, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Hawaiʻi time)
- February 11, 2015 at 12:00 noon (Hawaiʻi time)
- February 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Hawaiʻi time)
Access to a computer with high speed Internet and a phone will be necessary for webinars.
Contact Lisa Soong, Administrative Coordinator, at (808) 947-2914, lisa(at)agleaderhi.org to receive the webinar login information as well as information on the application process.
For questions about the Program content, contact:
Program Director Pauline Sato at (808) 497-5323 or pauline.sato(at)gmail.com
If it is useful for you please print this 4 page Class XV Recruitment Brochure with all of the above (and more!) information; or download the pdf and share via email.