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Health Leadership Program applications available in early April

Informational brochures and applications for Health Leadership Class VII, which begins in the fall, will be available in early April. This six-month, intensive course is open to leaders of nonprofit organizations and local public agencies whose mission is dedicated to improving health and quality of life in their Northern California communities.

The curriculum, delivered by the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, and the Marshall School of Business, is designed to develop highly skilled, motivated, and effective leaders who will take what they gain from the course to their organizations and communities.

The ideal candidate:
  • leads a health or social services nonprofit organization, local public agency, or department,
  • has tenure of five years or more in an executive management role,
  • supervises a team of employees throughout the scheduled Leadership program,
  • works for a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves one or more counties in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region, and
  • demonstrates the capacity to become a vital leader in the community.

The brochure and application, with further eligibility requirements and information about the program, will be available on Sierra Health’s Web site. (Health leadership page) To receive the application and other announcements, join our mailing list here.

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Grizzly Creek Ranch summer employment positions open

Grizzly Creek Ranch, Sierra Health’s camp in Plumas County, is accepting applications for seasonal positions for the 2007 camp season.

Grizzly Creek Ranch camp staff members have the opportunity to play a significant and positive role in the lives of campers. Camper groups include special needs children, and youth leadership and adult leadership programs. The staff works and plays in the great outdoors and has the opportunity to develop a lasting network of friends and colleagues, gain practical experience to further their education and develop hands-on, relevant leadership skills.

For more information about the positions and how to apply, go to the Grizzly Creek Ranch Web site.

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Winter 2007 REACH Program Improvement grants awarded

Through the REACH youth initiative, Sierra Health Foundation has recently awarded Program Improvement grants to eight youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the California Capital Region. These grants help organizations improve the quality of and increase participation in programs focused on youth age 10 to 15. All of the selected programs will actively engage young people and provide opportunities for leadership, team-building and decision-making. Learn more about REACH: Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future here. Organizations receiving a winter 2007 REACH grant are:

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Youth receive grants for community service projects

Students from the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) last month recommended grant funding for 32 youth-led service projects to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation board of directors, which oversees the GABY program. The funded organizations received Youth HOPE (Youth Helping Other People Excel) grants up to $2,500 each for their projects, which are planned and carried out by youth age 10 to 19 in the California Capital Region. Total funding was $70,000.

In addition to projects that focus on issues facing young people, such as violence, substance abuse and physical fitness, some teams will strive to make community-wide changes, with projects addressing air-quality awareness, fire abatement and neighborhood crime prevention. GABY provides an opportunity for young people between 12 and 19 to have a positive impact in their communities, while getting experience in community leadership and team decision-making. The funded project teams have an opportunity to develop skills in planning and organizing events and programs that benefit other youth and their communities.

Since it began in 2002, GABY has granted $199,000 to 103 youth-led projects. This is the second year Sacramento Region Community Foundation has partnered with Sierra Health Foundation and its REACH youth program to expand GABY and increase the number of youth participants.

For a list of 2006-2007 funded projects, go to Information and applications for the 2007-2008 youth board and Youth HOPE grants will be available in the fall.

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