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Leadership Institute


Take courses designed primarily for senior POs and managers

Embark on a 12-month journey of self-discovery

Increase critical and analytical thinking skills

Build on your passion for learning and leading


Intervene in political, organizational, and sub-service delivery systems

Prepare for senior leadership in community corrections

Apply proven tools for career advancement

Complete a project that benefits your home agency

Now Accepting Applications for the 2025-2026 Class

This training is a 12-month journey of self-discovery and organizational change, designed to help current and potential managers in community supervision the opportunity to develop the knowledge and competencies required of effective leaders.

The class will begin on January 24, 2025, in conjunction with APPA's 2025 Winter Training Institute in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuition Scholarship Opportunity
Applicants for APPA's 10th Leadership Institute can apply for a $3,000 scholarship to cover tuition. Selections will be based on standard application materials and additional scholarship documentation. The scholarship covers tuition only, so applicants are responsible for other expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and registration for the training institutes. Learn more about this opportunity by clicking the button below.

Apply by July 31, 2024
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Mentorship Opportunity Available
APPA’s Leadership Institute aims to offer a top-tier experience for developing leaders in community corrections. In this program, mentors play a pivotal role in guiding participants toward success. Upper-management professionals are paired with Leadership Institute participants, mentoring them over a 12-month period to develop their leadership skills. This unique opportunity fosters lasting connections that promote both personal and professional growth.

Apply to be a mentor by September 30, 2024
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Did You Know?

Among APPA’s many initiatives, the Leadership Institute is a year-long intensive opportunity for community corrections professionals to grow their abilities, strengths, and knowledge. Previous graduates have advanced to become senior-level decision-makers in the field.

Students from the Leadership Institute – Class 9 shared some of their experiences from the past 12 months:

  • I really enjoy hearing from different leaders and hearing about what they value.
  • My favorite part is the upbeat presenters and the connection with others in the program, as well as the fantastic mentor I have.
  • I really like the ‘team/family’ feeling that was consistently present and supported.
  • Off-site experiences will be something I will always have to remember. I did the APPA boat which was amazing. I was also able to try several wonderful restaurants around the city with others from our LI9 class. Very grateful to have had this experience while attending the conference. Lifelong memories!
  • I enjoyed the training on REAL colors including learning about my own behaviors and motivations along with how to recognize this in others.
  • My favorite aspect has been the presenters and hearing their stories and experiences, I also really appreciate the ability to meet and network people at our table.