Graduates of the program, called Senior Fellows, are using the skills and connections from their ALF experience to impact both their community and work.
Regular Senior Fellows' events, held monthly, strike a balance between social interaction, keeping abreast of current leadership teachings, learning about important issues facing the region, and hearing from nationally-recognized leadership figures. These events expand the opportunities to connect and work together on community issues.
The annual Senior Fellows' Retreat attracts a majority of members for a two-day event each fall. Topics have revolved around developing leadership tools, discussing regional issues in depth, and connecting with Senior Fellows across class boundaries. Key note speakers have included poetDavid Whyteand cultural anthropologistJennifer James.
ALF also looks for opportunities for Senior Fellows to work together on community projects, some of them already established and some proposed by individuals or groups.
The object of these opportunities is for Senior Fellows to meet across classes and to build trust and understanding between individuals who otherwise would not become acquainted. The resulting ever-expanding network is a vital resource for the community served by ALF-Mountain Valley and for the Senior Fellows themselves.