New Leaders Graduate From Training Program


Step Up Savannah’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy at Savannah State University held their graduation ceremony December 2, 2013 at Savannah State University Student Union, Ballroom A.

Established and emerging leaders from neighborhoods throughout Savannah have successfully completed a 12- week community leadership training program. Sixteen men and women have successfully completed an intensive program designed to train and inform community leaders who will serve as resources to Step Up and other area organizations working to improve social and economic conditions for Savannah residents.

At the outset, each participant identified community or neighborhood issues of concern; at the end of the 12-week course participants were required to present issues to the full class that they’d researched together in small groups. The issues ranged from low literacy rates among children and young adults, and a lack of activities and employment opportunities as well as arts programs for youth, to sub-standard and abandoned housing. A lack of hope or vision for the future, even the mental and financial strains of being a single parent, and the need for financial education were also cited as important community challenges.

Sessions were held on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings at Savannah State University. The Leadership Academy was made possible by a grant from the The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation.

Participants in the Fall 2013 Neighborhood Leadership Academy, which started on September 9 and concluded on November 25, included residents from the Southside, Avondale, Bradley Pointe South, Cann Park, Feiler Park, Garden City, Metropolitan and Midtown, and Tybee Island.

The names of the graduates follow: Sharee Alexandra Ashford, LouAnn Barnes, Carolyn Guilford, Meyer Jones, Dwana Hall, Alix Laincy, Autry McGary, Akeem R.A. Mc- Michael, Kristopher Monroe, Kathi Denise Myers, Melissa Newton, Bernadette Perry, Juliette Rutledge (also known as Torkwase), Alicia Scott, Frederick Scott-Fields and Ruthie Mae Tate. On either side of the class members stand Tom Kohler (left) and Daniel Dodd (far right)

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is made possible by a grant from the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation.

For more information about the foundation, visit its web site at This was the fifth training opportunity offered by Step Up.

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