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United Way Leadership St. Joseph

An Initiative of United Way of Greater St. Joseph Since 1982

Building the skills of individuals to be effective leaders in the community


United Way Leadership St. Joseph is an annual, year-long leadership development program for adults who live or work in the St. Joseph area. This program creates a network of trained individuals who are willing to engage in leadership and community courses while cultivating unique skills and an enhanced knowledge of this community's opportunities, realities, and challenges.

United Way Leadership St. Joseph applications are available below and through the United Way office.  Participants are accepted into the program by a selection committee after review of submitted applications. Selection criteria includes demonstrated commitment and desire to serve as a community leader. The program is limited to 28 participants each year, begins with a two-day leadership retreat in January, and continues once a month for the remainder of the year. Successful completion requires support from the participant’s employer. Employers often pay their employee’s tuition. Limited scholarships are available. Tuition for the 2020 year is $1,400.


2020 program information

  • Download the 2020 Leadership St. Joseph Application here (Applications will be  accepted beginning September 16) 

  • Alumni List *If you are one of the 800+ United Way Leadership St. Joseph alumni, please, tell us about yourself. Alumni events are being developed just for you this year!*


Leading With Direction: How to grow yourself and others while anchoring to a vision that leads you into your future

A United Way Leadership St. Joseph Alumni Training- register here today! (this event is for alumni only)



Leadership St. Joseph is made possible by the work of a volunteer steering committee. The committee works with the Leadership St. Joseph Director to make the program as successful as it can be to create a lasting impact on the participants and on our community. 


For more information, contact Jean Brown, Director of Leadership St. Joseph at 

816.364.2381 or jean.brown@stjosephunitedway.org