ALF Fellow, The American Leadership Forum

Congratulations go to: Fr. Nick Lorenzetti, St. Paul’s, Modesto regarding the ALF Fellow, The American Leadership Forum.

The American Leadership Forum, for which there is a “Great Valley Chapter,” is a nationwide organization that strives to join and strengthen “established leaders” from diverse backgrounds to improve their communities. In our area, that includes the greater Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced County region. The vision of the Great Valley Chapter of ALF is to unit boundary-crossing leaders from a diversity of sectors throughout the Central Valley, to strengthen their leadership capacity through deepening relationships and transformative experiences, and to serve the community by working collaboratively to make significant positive contributions.

Chapter,” is a nationwide organization that strives to join and strengthen “established leaders” from diverse backgrounds to improve their communities. In our area, that includes the greater Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced County region. The vision of the Great Valley Chapter of ALF is to unit boundary-crossing leaders from a diversity of sectors throughout the Central Valley, to strengthen their leadership capacity through deepening relationships and transformative experiences, and to serve the community by working collaboratively to make significant positive contributions.

The challenges facing our valley are daunting; that is why leadership development is deemed critical. We struggle with high rates of unemployment, housing difficulties, the working poor, obesity, poor air quality, asthma, homelessness, racism, and all too often a propensity for violence. Our average household income is low, as are our educational attainment levels. We can do better, and we must address these challenges and many others to effect a positive outcome for Modesto and our surrounding communities.

The Great Valley Chapter of the ALF has identified Fr. Nick as one whom they wish to become a fellow. Each calendar year about 20-22 persons are chosen from the three counties to become part of a year-long leadership development program. The cost is quite high — $10,000. ALF has offered Nick a $10,000 scholarship as a means of assuring his participation.

Nick was chosen in part because of his work with Saint Theresa of Calcutta in the slums of The Bronx, New York, particularly with AIDS patients. He has also been recognized as a leader in the local community, having partnered on behalf of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church with a number of non-profit organizations and churches to address local needs and issues.

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