Shelter takes part in Youth Leadership Collier

Shelter Executive Director Linda Oberhaus, left, with Youth Leadership Collier Job Shadow participant Chelsea Casabona.

Shelter Executive Director Linda Oberhaus recently shared her work day with Youth Leadership Collier Job Shadow participant Chelsea Casabona. The half-day experience allows YLC participants to learn more about a preferred area of career exploration and community involvement.

A 2010 graduate of Leadership Collier, Oberhaus said she was glad to take part in the shadowing program and provide Chelsea with an opportunity to learn more  about operations of a nonprofit domestic violence shelter. Chelsea was also able to sit in on a portion of The Shelter’s core comp program, a three-day overview of The Shelter’s operations, services and programs.

A division of the Greater Naples Chamber, the goal of YLC is to develop ethical leaders committed to active community involvement. Now approaching our thirteenth year of programming, YLC has reached over 400 students to date. YLC empowers students to become effective leaders through hands on experiences and field work with key organizations, while encouraging students to return or stay in Collier County to begin careers and become local community leaders.

Youth Leadership Collier is a week-long intensive program that begins with a weekend of team-building and leadership enhancing activities. Participants then interact in daily sessions designed to give them first-hand experience in different aspects of the community. Topics include local government, healthcare, law enforcement, business, agriculture, media, human services, environment, and the arts.