Thirty-two people representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County completed Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program

Thirty-two people representing a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout York County completed Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program (LTP) this year with a graduation ceremony on May 18 at the York JCC. This nine-month, experiential course educates participants about York County history and community issues, systems, and services. LTP enhances knowledge of the community, strengthens leadership skills, offers an opportunity to reward and invest in employees and improves retention as they increase their connection and commitment to the community and provides access to additional opportunities for partnerships and new business relationships.
As a component of their participation in the program, the class of 2022 completed four distinct service projects for area nonprofit organizations. LTP service projects are an opportunity to develop skills in researching community needs, identifying partners for collaboration to maximize impact and efficiency, and bringing together the resources necessary to address a need or problem.
With the help of Barley Snyder, Team A raised $2250 for Servants Inc. and constructed a ramp for an individual coming home from rehabilitation. As a team, they volunteered 100.25 hours in planning the project and on-site for the build. Team B collected over 2400 toiletry items (such as soap, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, hair products, etc.) to benefit service users in all of Bell Socialization Services’ programs. Together they worked 50.5 hours in planning and collecting and delivering donations. Team C dedicated over 160 hours to plan an event for The Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA on April 23rd engaging over 50 girls in York County grades K-5 where local businesses planned activities that focused on STEM, entrepreneurship, outdoors and life skills. Team D implemented a plan to attract and engage new donors and businesses to the Give Local event on May 6th. Through 84 hours of working together as a team, $153,963.04 was raised by business fundraisers, the highest amount in GLY history! Team E restored and breathed new life into the three raised flower beds located in the music garden at Leg Up Farm. Over the course of 150 hours, and with the help of a mini excavator, the team raised $2,285, removed dirt, tapped pavers into place, installed a drainage system, and filled beds with soil. The Garden Club of York finished the project by planting flowers. Team F organized a pillow & sheet drive to benefit Bell Socialization Services between February 1st and March 1st. Volunteering 78 hours as a team, they collected 101 pillows, 103 sheet sets, and 40 pillowcases, to benefit Bell's clients in their service programs.
Leadership York’s mission is to train, connect and inspire individuals to serve the York community in leadership positions. The organization was founded in 1978 and boasts over 4,200 graduates from its six programs. Those graduates provide leadership to more than 250 nonprofit organizations and serve thousands of constituents in state and local government. Leadership York is the primary resource for developing inspired leadership for our changing community. 
We are now accepting applications for the Leadership Training Program Class of 2023. This nine-month, experiential course on York County history and community issues, helps participants fine-tune their leadership skills, enhance their knowledge, and receive guidance in choosing and applying for a board, elected, or appointed position. For more information, visit


Wilda Alessi, Executive Director