N.C. Center for Creative Retirement Offers Leadership Training for
Course Funded by Grant from the National Council on Aging
The North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) was recently
awarded a $12,500 grant from the National Council on the Aging in
partnership with MetLife Foundation to fund Leadership Training for Older
Persons. This free, six-week course is designed to teach leadership skills
to underserved and minority adults ages 50 and older who reside in
Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. NCCCR was one of
only eight community organizations in the nation to receive a grant.
"LTOP is designed to help people gain skills to become stronger
advocates for older persons in the community," said project
coordinator Jeanie Martin. "Participants will learn how to
effectively plan discussions, lead groups, handle difficult people, lobby
elected officials and speak in public," said Martin.
The course was offered once before in 2002. Graduates from that class
have since served on local boards and advisory groups, publicly advocated
for the needs and concerns of seniors in their communities, and
volunteered in various community projects, said Martin.
Leadership Training for Older Persons will meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesdays September 7-October 12, on the UNC Asheville campus. The course
is free and open to adults ages 50 and older, but preference will be given
to underserved and minority residents of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and
Transylvania counties. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 16.
For more information or to request an application, call NCCCR at
- Jeanie Martin, LTOP Program Coordinator, 828/251-6044
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,