St. Tammany Parish, LA – Leadership St. Tammany (LST) is now accepting applications for its Class of 2019, which will include approximately 30 emerging and established community leaders who will be offered an in-depth look into the inner workings of government, business, civic and cultural organizations in St. Tammany Parish. Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 30, 2018. Leadership St. Tammany is a community-focused development program that identifies existing and emerging community leaders and facilitates public involvement. The nine-month program provides leadership training and fosters increased knowledge of St. Tammany Parish through monthly presentations by community leaders that are enhanced by group discussions and on-site exposures. Class topics include education, social services and health care, political and community activism, and economic development and its relationship to planning and growth, all of which reflect areas of future challenges for the parish. The Class of 2019 program kicks off with a mandatory retreat Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26, when participants will finish at noon. Participants will then meet monthly, typically 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, from September through May. “Every year, this program includes class members who bring a rich blend of perspectives, opinions, and life experiences,” LST Board of Trustees Chairperson Camilla Davis said. “We look forward to the selection process for the Class of 2019 and encourage those who are interested to apply early.” The program is an independent organization strengthened through an affiliation with Southeastern Louisiana University. Leadership St. Tammany graduates hone invaluable skills and gain a heightened sense of responsibility and civic concern. Program goals include involving class members in public affairs; helping participants identify individual leadership styles and apply innovative techniques to those styles while creating an informed and committed network of qualified leadership resources; and motivating, encouraging and inspiring participants to pursue or strengthen leadership roles in the community. Past LST graduates include those of diverse backgrounds, professions, ages, accomplishments, lengths of residency and geographic areas throughout St. Tammany Parish. For more information or to apply, please visit online www.leadershipsttammany.org.