Ahmanson Foundation Gives Grant to Leadership Pasadena for Veterans Program

The Ahmanson Foundation has awarded a grant to Leadership Pasadena to launch a new six-month Community Leadership Course for Veterans to help veterans repurpose to serve and lead again through community service and civic leadership.
LP’s course will be unlike any others currently in place, as it’s not a “crisis” program, but a strength-based, pro-active program for vets ready and willing to serve and lead again — but who do not understand how to navigate in the civilian world. The program will complement other employment, health, housing and education programs offered to vets and help veterans come “all the way home” to the Greater Pasadena area. It will elevate a new generation of leaders for the city’s nonprofit, civic organizations and local government to enhance the San Gabriel Valley.
The LP course will focus on helping vets understand leadership in the civilian world, business culture and organization savvy in the civilian sector, multi-generational leadership, nonprofit board skills, the corporate landscape and the history, culture, arts and sciences of Pasadena.
“Returning veterans have done their part to support this country. Programs like Leadership Pasadena’s is an opportunity for civilians to meaningfully say thank you and assist veterans to become successful members of society,” said William Ahmanson, president of the Ahmanson Foundation, in a statement.
“Veterans have tremendous skills in leadership, technology, operations, crisis management and more, plus an inspirational service-driven work ethic that is lost when veterans do not engage in their new civilian community, school or job,” according to LP Veterans Services volunteer Lisa Raggio. “Not only does the community and workplace suffer when our vets do not lead, but vets forget who they are and what they can do. This course is the least we can do for our veteran heroes and the most we can do for our community organizations and our region.”
For more information about the course, contact Cindy Bengtson at info@leadershippasadena.org or go to leadershippasadena.org.

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