Shawna Wright, KRA/Knowledge2Career Academy, was selected for the 27th class of the Leadership Long Beach Institute, “an intensive 10-month program for community leaders wishing to improve their understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the Long Beach community.”
Participants learn about Long Beach’s (California’s 7th largest city) diverse communities, concerns, and issues, collaborating with other area leaders to design and implement projects that address community needs, while finding more opportunities to serve Long Beach.
A few of the projects have included a MLK Day of Service: Planting a Community Learning Garden; a Youth Foundations Retreat; Project in Progress: Bringing a Farmer’s Market to a Food Desert, which focused on healthy-living education; and a Community Police Academy project.
The Institute’s alumni network numbers in the 1000’s, and includes many Long Beach public officials—Mayor, Vice Mayor, City Council members—as well as representatives from businesses, organizations, and social-service agencies dedicated to community involvement and service. In addition to participating in alumni events, they often facilitate the monthly trainings for the new leadership classes.