About the Class
The Torchbearers Class was established in 2008 in response to the community’s need to attract and retain an educated population of young professionals, is a nine month class designed to equip young leaders with the skills and connections necessary to propel them to the next level of community leadership and professional success.
Skills such as team work, leadership development, critical thinking, and personal and professional growth and development are combined with exposure to critical community issues to enhance each members’ understanding of themselves and the community. Exposure to issues such as economic development, human services, education, and the role of government are often included within the curriculum. A small group project also provides an opportunity for Torchbearers to network with one another and with community organizations, culminating in a project that impacts the community in a positive way.
Who Should Apply?
The Torchbearers Class is designed for young professionals who are involved in their community and desire to enhance their career, network with other young professionals and become more informed about and engaged in their community. The ideal candidate:
It is very important that a Torchbearer candidate has the full support of the organization or business the applicant represents.
Benefits for Organizations
Stronger Employees - Staff members who have a better understanding of who they are, their personal and professional strengths and the critical issues facing the community
Stronger Leaders within the Company - Employees who are well versed in team building, delivering presentations, and working with others as part of a team
Visibility for Your Organization - Visibility within the community as an organization committed to professional development and staff enhancement
Prominence within the Community - Prominence as an organization or business committed to the enhancement of the community through community projects and volunteerism
Benefits for Participants
Expanded Network - Increased network of friends and acquaintances
Community Awareness - Enhanced knowledge and understanding of the critical issues affecting the community
Increased Involvement - Equipped with the tools necessary for increased community involvement and the solution of critical community issues
Personal Engagement - Opportunity to examine personal beliefs, seek facts, and delve deeper into the issues affecting us all
Hands-On - Opportunity to work with others and with area non-profits to solve a real community problem
Increased Tolerance - Expanded understanding of people and beliefs that may be different from their own
Post Graduation - Alumni Community
Leadership Montgomery has an extensive network of alumni from both the Torchbearers and Legacy classes. You will find Leadership Montgomery alumni leading companies and organizations, serving on nonprofit boards, and volunteering their time and expertise on projects that matter in the River Region. Participants in the alumni community are afforded opportunities to be actively involved in matters of interest in the Montgomery community.