Who should apply?

Participation is Leadership St. Tammany is open to citizens from all walks of life. Program graduates include private citizens as well as people from the business community, government, law enforcement, non-profits, education, healthcare and many other areas.

What is the time commitment involved?

The Leadership St. Tammany Program time commitment consists of:

  • One Mandatory Weekend Retreat in August
  • One full day per month for class – typically from 8am – 5pm on the second Wednesday of each month, except when it conflicts with a holiday week for Mardi Gras or Easter
  • One Evening Retreat in May
  • Graduation in late May or early June

Attendance at the weekend retreat is mandatory for selection and participation for the class year. Class members are allowed to miss up to 9 class hours cumulative and still graduate with their class. If more than 9 class hours are missed (up to 27 hours), the class member has the following two years to make up those hours and still graduate. In short, you have to attend if you want to graduate.

This policy reflects the Program’s understanding that most of its’ participants are busy, busy people.

If you have any questions about the attendance policies, please contact us for more information.

What if I can’t attend the Class Retreat in August?

If you cannot attend the Class Retreat in August, you should not apply. If you apply and you are selected but suddenly find out that you cannot attend the Class Retreat, you will have to withdraw from the class and reapply in a subsequent year.

What if I can’t attend all of the classes?

Attendance is critical to the success of the program and your development as a leader. As such, students are expected to attend or makeup all of the classes during the class year or in the subsequent two years.

How do I apply?

You can apply online between January 1st and May 31st of each year. Click the Apply Now button in the upper right hand corner of the page to get started.

Do I need a letter of recommendation or company approval letter to submit with my application?

No. We no longer require recommendation letters or company approval letters. You will enter  who recommended you to the program on your application. In addition, we encourage you to discuss the program with your employer so there are no misunderstandings on the time commitment required.

What are the costs?

Each selected member of the class pays $1,250 for tuition for the class year. This includes the cost of the opening retreat, all meals, transportation to the Capitol for the class trip in May, closing retreat, and graduation. We are appreciative of our many sponsors that pay for the expenses that exceed your tuition.

Do you offer Financial Assistance or installment options?

Yes, we offer both financial assistance and installment options. On your application, you may request financial assistance. If you are selected for the class, we will discuss your request to determine the level of assistance needed. Also, certain local organizations sometimes offer to sponsor a selected member and pay a portion of their tuition. In addition, we offer an installment plan with full and final payment due typically by December of the program year.

What if I applied but was not previously selected?

Those who have previously applied and were not selected for our program are strongly encouraged to reapply. Many class alumni were selected to participate after more than one application.

Because the our program is an ongoing workshop for honing leadership skills to work effectively with diverse constituencies, the curriculum can only be successful when the class composition reflects the diversity of St. Tammany Parish. The Selection Committee selects individuals for each class to reflect the region’s geographic, age, ethnic, and professional diversity. In this way, our classes bring together individuals from all neighborhoods, interests, backgrounds, and religious sectors. Therefore, the Selection Committee reviews the whole of the class composition when selecting candidates.