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You are invited to apply to participate in the 2024 class of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Development Institute (MLKLDI). Our principal instructor is Mr. Keith Ellison, CEO of the Ellison Group, a national leader in human resource development. He holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Supplementary guest presenters will address select topics and issues impacting communities and encourage your engagement in identifying and applying creative solutions. The class is designed around the tenets and philosophy of Dr. M.L. King, Jr, and also professional career and leadership development tools. Other topics include understanding public policy and community mobilization. Below are the dates for the 9:00 am to 11:00 pm class sessions to be held virtually. Therefore, applicants living outside of the Greater Harrisburg area, and even internationally are welcome.

The confidential application must be completed in its entirety along with the enclosed reference form. Your application and reference form must be jointly received. Because class size is limited to 25, we review applications on a first come, first served basis. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. Attendance at the Jan 19 and 26, 2024 kick-off sessions is mandatory; no exceptions. You will be notified of your selection status by Jan 2, 2024. Once selected, you will be required to pay the tuition fee of $1,500.00. Tuition may be paid in three installments if needed, but final payment must be paid by Mar 15, 2024. Some tuition scholarships are available. Should you have any questions, please direct them to the Institute’s President, Mr. Joseph Robinson Jr at 717-919-4392 or by e-mail as listed below

To be considered for this program, this application must be completed in its entirety. The application should be typed or printed neatly. PROGRAM MISSION The MLKLDI mission is to prepare and empower individuals committed to exercising creative leadership to improve conditions in your community.

Course Schedule

Session 1: 1/19
Session 2: 1/26
Session 3: 2/2
Session 4: 2/9
Session 5: 2/16
Session 6: 2/23
Session 7: 3/1
Session 8: 3/8
Session 9: 3/15*

Session 10: 4/5
Session 11: 4/12
Session 12: 4/19
Session 13 4/26
Session 14: 5/3
Session 15: 5/10
Session 16: 5/17
Session 17: 5/31*

Sunday, Jun 23, 2024 - Graduation

*Denotes extended class times (3 hours)

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Begin with high school, then college(s), business or trade school(s) and/or specialized training.

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I understand the purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Development Institute, and if selected, I will devote the time and energy necessary to make it a successful experience, including attending the mandatory Jan 19 and 26, 2024 kick off sessions.

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