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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

Look forward to the 2025-2026 Class in NYC!

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

Did You Know?

One of many initiatives of APPA, the Leadership Institute is a year-long intensive opportunity for community corrections professionals to grow their abilities, strengths, and knowledge.

In a letter to this year's graduates, the coordinators shared some of the experiences Leadership Institute - Class 8 had in the last twelve months:

"LI8 began in Jan 2022 in Atlanta after an arduous and inclusive selection process by the APPA team. You learned about the history of the LI, the inspiration behind the development of the institute, & the impact it can have on current and emerging leaders. Amir Ghannad discussed his book The Transformative Leader. Aaron O’Connell administered Real Colors. We heard from Marcus Hodges about Leadership v. Management in a panel comprised of Dr. Greg Dillon, Crystal Moon, Albert Banuelos, & Marcus Hodges to discuss implicit bias. You were paired with your mentors based on identified areas of growth. In August of 2022 we went to Chicago, and for the first time, LI went off-site. Dr. Miquel Lewis of Cook County Juvenile Probation/Court Services invited us to the Chicago Justice Gallery and spoke about his powerful leadership journey. We heard from Dr. Suttle about Leadership During Uncertain Times, Dr. Alex Walker about Finding Comfort/Embracing your Role as a Leader of Change, Chief Jennifer Brady about Finding Passion and Purpose and Leading Teams, and Jude David presented The Takeover: Millennials vs. Everybody as well as an engaging debate. Between Atlanta and Chicago you worked on your Able 360 Process project, met with your mentors, and attended LI virtual meetings with the coordinators and had a debriefing with Amir Ghannad. Between Chicago and LA, you completed your LI projects based on an identified need in your agencies. In LA, you presented your inspiring and authentic projects and traveled to LA County’s newest juvenile facility, Campus Kilpatrick."

  • The Leadership Institute was an amazing and rewarding experience! I was able to connect with professionals across the country, learn, grow, and step outside my comfort zone. This afforded me new and exciting challenges within my organization.
  • This leadership academy is truly one of a kind and will deliver greatness in training and networking. If you want to improve an organization, start by improving yourself and join this leadership academy.
  • The Leadership Institute has helped me in my role as a manager and not only becoming a better manager, but learning how to become a leader. I think what this institute offers for new leaders is priceless.
  • The APPA Leadership Institute is the only one of its kind that focuses on developing future leaders in the area of probation and parole by using experts from the field. The program was definitely worth the time and expense.
  • The Leadership Institute has provided me an opportunity to develop relationships with people who are highly regarded in the field of community corrections. This experience has also enhanced my insight into the true meaning of leadership through its readings and lectures.
  • The Leadership Institute has been an eye opening experience that I deeply appreciate. I have already applied a number of suggestions at my home agency and have a better understanding of global issues in community corrections.