Extensions of Ashland Alliance
The Ashland Alliance has several branch programs and events serving as an excellent opportunity for business networking and community advancment. With a membership 500 businesses strong and growing, the Alliance provides multiple occasions and venus to share contacts, buy from each other, grow relationships and market products and services.
EXPLORE THE BENEFITS OF ASHLAND ALLIANCE EXTENSION PROGRAMS
Community Leadership Development (CLD)
Since 1979, the Community Leadership Development (CLD) program has been growing leaders in our community. The development program consists of eight weeks, meeting once a week, covering topics that include advocacy, healthcare, local history, education, industry, government and leadership.
Community Leadership Development goals include:
• Developing leadership skills
• Developing a better informed citizenry
• Providing unique networking opportunities
• Promoting community pride
• Promoting a sense of civic responsibility
• Fostering volunteers for local non-profit agencies
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LLOYD KEYSER CLD OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD
Diva Justice, director of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s Healthy Community Initiatives
Prior to taking on her current position, Justice held the positions of director of food and nutrition services and director of clinical dietetics. She has been employed at OLBH for 13 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University and is a registered and licensed dietitian.
Justice is active in the community; she is the current President of Ashland Community Kitchen and the Paramount Woman’s Association. She serves on the Board of Directors for Helping Hands of Greenup, the Paramount Arts Center and Northeast KY Care Center. She has served on Boyd County Head Start Health Advisory Committee for 12 years and is also involved with the Ashland Alliance as a Community Leadership Development Day Chair; she serves on the Institutional Review Board at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and the Boyd County Community Education Advisory Council.
About the Award
The award was created to honor a graduate of the Community Leadership Development Program who has contributed personally and/or professionally to the success of the Ashland Alliance, its members, partners and/or programs.
Anyone wishing to nominate an alumnus for this award should complete the nomination form with a narrative as to why the nominee should be considered for the Lloyd Keyser Outstanding Alumnus Award.
In addition to the form, the nominator is encouraged to submit other information for the selection committee’s consideration that will demonstrate the qualifications of the nominee. These attachments may include a resume, vitae or biography, as well as newspaper or magazine articles. All attachments must be submitted by mail or through email and can be sent to:
ATTN: CLD Keyser Alumni Award Selection Committee
1733 Winchester Avenue
Ashland, KY 41101
Any individual who meets the following criteria may nominate CLD graduates for the award:
• Any CLD graduate
• Any member of the CLD planning committee
• Any staff member of the Ashland Alliance
• Any member of the KOAA Selection Committee
The following individuals are ineligible to receive the Lloyd Keyser Outstanding Alumnus Award:
• Previous recipients of the Award
• Members of the KOAA Selection Committee
• Self nomination is prohibited
Young Professionals Association
Fostering a young professional workforce between the ages of 21 and 39, the Young Professionals Association was formed to strengthen the vitality of Ashland and surrounding areas by providing a network of professional development, social opportunity, economic development and community service programs.
From monthly board meetings to member committees, YPA also provides a quarterly luncheon and frequent social events to unite young professionals throughout Boyd and Greenup counties and a host of other social events to unite the area’s young workforce.
Each year YPA coordinates an annual backpack program for children in Boyd and Greenup counties. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that each elementary school student starts the school year with the necessary school supplies and at least one new outfit. Through the involvement of our membership and many other members of the community, each year has been extremely successful.
In the YPA’s first year, it was decided that this would be the association’s primary community service project. Throughout each new annual campaign, YPA has been able to increase the number of backpacks delivered to children in the community.
Instead of relying heavily on corporate donations, this program is designed to get individual employees involved. The YPA begins each year by meeting with counselors and youth service center directors at the elementary schools within Boyd and Greenup counties. After being supplied with a list of school supplies and clothing sizes, YPA members are responsible for finding individuals to sponsor the children. Backpacks are returned to the Ashland Alliance office prior to the first week of school.
How to Get Involved
Participation in the backpack program can be achieved in one of the following four ways:
• Sponsor a child on your own. Pick one child and purchase all of the needed supplies.
• Sponsor with a group. Instead of taking on the responsibility for all of a child’s supplies, join with a coworker to sponsor a single child.
• Become a Business Coordinator. As a business coordinator you are our primary contact for your group or business. While this does carry some added responsibility, the most important part of the job is to help generate interest within the workplace. Ideally, you would generate a list of interested participants, and facilitate the sponsorship of children within the organization.
Many organizations in the area provide excellent examples of the results that can be achieved by having a business coordinator within the organization. Employees at Marathon Petroleum have taken on the responsibility of providing all of the requested backpacks at two elementary schools. Peoples Bank employees have been a vital part of the programs success over the past three years by setting goals and encouraging the involvement of associates and customers. The bank’s management has participated by sponsoring a contest in which teams are formed with the goal of finding sponsorship for the most backpacks. The employees at Kings Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital were also actively involved in the 2006 program due to excellent coordinators within the organization.
• Provide a monetary contribution to the Ashland Alliance Foundation for the benefit of the program. All contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.
Youth Leadership Program
The Youth Leadership Program increases interaction between businesses and the youth in the region.
The program takes part in sessions designed to educate on community issues, encourage mutual respect and facilitate in a shared concern for a commitment to the advancement of Boyd and Greenup counties.
It is the goal of the Ashland Alliance to instill in these young people the responsibility for their own lives, and the lives of others and society, and to develop responsibilities for leadership in each area.
The program is comprised of 40 juniors from seven high schools in Boyd and Greenup counties and meets once monthly for seven months. Students are granted school attendance for sessions attended.
Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival
The Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival has taken on the challenge to provide the community not only with lights and displays but a complete festival with events geared toward the family.
All lights and displays in Central Park and downtown Ashland are purchased by the Winter Wonderland of Lights committee through contributions from area businesses, organizations and individuals. Winter Wonderland is a non-profit charitable 501(c) 3 organization.
For additional information contact the Alliance at 606-324-5111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business After Hours
Ashland Alliance Business After Hours events are popular, well-attended networking events for members and guests. On average these events take place once a month.
For more information on scheduling or attending a Business After Hours event, contact the Alliance office at 606.324.5111.