A Program of People – Committed to the Leadership of the Present and Future Community through Involvement, Understanding and Enthusiasm.

Leadership Objectives:

  • Identify and select qualified leaders to participate in the program.
  • Provide the participants with an understanding of the opportunities and needs of the community through a series of issues oriented programs using local leaders as
    well as regional and national authorities from academic, business, and industrial communities.
  • Educate the participants in management/leadership skills & the application of those skills to volunteer in community leadership positions.
  • Develop interpersonal relationships among the participants to provide a common ground for working together on community projects.
  • Create lines of direct communication between participants and existing community leaders.
  • Identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement.

Leadership Requirements:

  • Kick-off, Thursday, 3pm: Ice Breaker & True Colors Session followed by the Kick-off Dinner-REQUIRED
  • Kick-off, Friday: SIMSOC (Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 PA Ave., Weirton)-REQUIRED-THIS IS AN ALL DAY EVENT. STARTS AT 8am. PLEASE ARRIVE BY 7:45am. YOU WILL BE FINISHED NO LATER THAN 4:00pm.
  • The class will determine the monthly date of the remaining sessions
  • Volunteerism/Teamwork: 6 hours. We will provide you with a list of available options- REQUIRED
  • December: Health & Human Services – Class Advisor: Clayton Henderson, WMC
  • February: Government – Class Advisor:
  • March: Education – Class Advisor: Crystal Harbert, WVNCC
  • April: History & Culture –  Class Advisor: Pam Makricosta, Mary H. Weir Library
  • May: Business & Economic Development- Class Advisor: Marvin Six, BDC
  • June: Graduation Banquet-REQUIRED (Day TBD)
  • Work together to give back to the community- to be completed before graduation- REQUIRED
  • Attend one (1) Government meeting and one (1) Civic meeting: REQUIRED
  • Government: example: City Council, County Commission, Board of Education
  • Civic Groups: example: Rotary Club, Kiwanis
  • Meetings CANNOT be a group of which you are already a member.
  • Return attendance forms provided in your packets to the Chamber. These forms must be signed by a Civic or Government Representative.

Leadership Methods:

  • Action Group
  • Assignments
  • Panel & Small Group Discussions
  • Field Trips
  • Simulations
  • Management Style Workshops
  • Interviews with Community Leaders

Selection Process & Who Can Participate:

  • The program is open to all area citizens
  • First 20 to apply and pay tuition in full

How To Apply:

  • Contact the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce for an application
  • $350 for Chamber Members and $400 for non Chamber members

*Important Information*  

  1. Due to the costs involved with program participation, once an applicant has been accepted into the program and confirms their commitment to participate, tuition becomes
    non-refundable. Withdrawal from the program due to extreme circumstances (hospitalization, military duty, death, or other extreme situations) can be appealed to the Weirton Area Chamber for a case-by-case review.
  • Advisors are available to offer guidance and answer questions. It is the responsibility of the participants to plan their assigned session and make the necessary arrangements. Any problems in this area should be brought to the attention of the Leadership Ohio Valley Coordinators or Chamber Office immediately.
  • Sessions are to be scheduled on the day of the month selected by the participants. The length of the sessions are determined by each sub-committee.
  • The History and Culture sub-committee participants are responsible for updating the Leadership Ohio Valley Scrapbook. Please take at least two (2) candid and close-up pictures of each participant at each session. The scrapbook must be finished by graduation. In addition, please provide the Chamber with at least two digital (candid & close-up) pictures of each participant no later than the conclusion of the May session.
  • To ensure that SIMSOC continues to be a rewarding experience, participants are asked to refrain from discussing the program.