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JCSU ignites Next Level leadership training program to launch next generation of Black leaders in Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C./October 19, 2018—Johnson C. Smith University is partnering with Next Level Leadership, Inc. to create a space where tomorrow’s leaders can grow, develop and flourish. Next Level, a non-profit leadership training organization, is intentionally developing well-informed, knowledgeable African-American leaders for the purpose of ushering our communities, cities and state into the future.

“We must continue to be intentional in creating informed and knowledgeable leaders for the ever-evolving futures of our country,” said James Mitchell, the organization's president and Charlotte City Council At-Large. “The Next Level Leadership initiative will do just that and more.”

The five-month intensive program will groom a pipeline of African-American influencers dedicated to fostering equity and equality in the Queen City and beyond. JCSU will house the program, where members will study subjects such as civic engagement, economic empowerment and organizational development. The first class will be chosen in January from engaged citizens, professionals and students who complete the application process. Participants will gain historical context, direct experience, and connect with seasoned leaders in the region.

JCSU President Clarence D. Armbrister is enthusiastic about Next Level’s anticipated impact.

“This is engaging the next level of Black leadership, incorporating the curriculum to connect millennials to baby boomers to work within systems to make change in Charlotte,” Armbrister said. “I’m excited for JCSU to continue expanding its role as a foundation of leadership.”

WHAT: Next Level Leadership Launch

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Innovation Lab, New Science Center, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road

WHO: Clarence D. Armbrister, J.D., Johnson C. Smith University president

James Mitchell, Next Level Leadership president

Arlena Hawthorn, Next Level Leadership, vice president

Angela Jeter, Next Level Leadership, secretary

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