The Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program is again offering a ten-week program for semi-retired or retired residents looking for new ways to be involved in the community.

The class runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, from April 14 through June 16.

Designed to give local residents a broader and deeper knowledge of the community and its issues, Encore Leadership begins with a look back at Evanston’s history, including a tour of Evanston neighborhoods highlighting major trends of yesterday and today.  Over the ten-week program, participants interact with panels of community leaders to discuss current issues; participate in skill development exercises in such fields as citizen advocacy, board service and successful aging, and work on a group project.

By the end of the program, participants will have a richer perspective on their community, as well as the skills to make a difference. Graduates have connected to new opportunities, from community activism and advocacy to tutoring to serving on nonprofit and City boards and commissions.

Three Crowns Park, the independent Evanston not-for-profit senior community, is sponsoring Senior Leadership Evanston for the next three years.  The support of Three Crowns Park makes it possible to keep tuition at $350, which includes lunch for the sessions, and to offer scholarships to those who may need financial assistance in order to participate.

Anyone interested in joining this year’s class Encore Leadership Evanston may apply online at or call Beth Osterlund 847.492-0992 for more information.