Leadership Skagit is a community-based leadership development program, which takes about 30 people each year who work or live in Skagit County and, over a period of nine months, educates them on leadership skills, community challenges, and communication principles. It’s put together by the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, Skagit Valley College, the Washington State University Extension, and an enormous number of volunteer hours and community donations. The goal of the program is to train and equip the people our community for a successful future. Quantum Construction’s Josh Baldwin is a 2012 graduate of the program.
The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce awarded him with a full ride scholarship, and in September of 2011, the program began. In addition to the monthly Challenge Days, which provide the classroom-like portion of the program, students are divided into small teams. These teams devise a community project, which provides a lasting benefit to local nonprofits as well as giving teams a hands-on way to exercise leadership skills and group building dynamics. Josh’s Team: TBD partnered with the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter in Mount Vernon to provide a covered outdoor recreation and counseling area. The structure was complete in June of 2012, just before the Leadership Skagit graduation ceremony. The Skagit Valley Herald featured Team: TBD and two other 2012 teams in the July 22nd Community Section. Here’s a quick link to it: Leadership Skagit Newspaper Article.
Josh’s classmates honored him greatly by selecting him as one of the representative speakers at the graduation ceremony. Also selected were Kara Stambeck and Quinn Slayton.
Below are some pictures from Josh’s Leadership Skagit journey.