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Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck Advocacy Day – By: Erica Percy

Our Leadership day was held on December 15th and the topic we focused on was Advocacy.  We started at ICCU with Adrian Bybee presenting on advocacy and how it pertains to leadership.  The class was very gracious and all brought donations to be distributed on the tours we had that day.

The first tour was to Family Services Alliance.  We learned that their mission is to promote safe and thriving families, work to end physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and provide victim support.

The next tour was the Bannock Youth Foundation.  We were given a great presentation and then a tour of the facility.  They focus on the youth and help families reach their full potential.

We then headed over to Villano’s Italian Restaurant for some soup, salad and breadsticks.  While we ate lunch Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center came in and gave us a very moving presentation.

The next stop was Aid for Friends.  It is always sad to hear our community has a homelessness problem, but sure nice to know that our community has services to help them.

We learned about SICOG; Southeast Idaho council of Government and how it connects residents of southeast Idaho to public services and useful resources.

The Hope and Recovery Center is new to our community and focuses on peer support models with much of the work provided by volunteers who are in recovery.

The last place we toured was New Day Products and Resources; a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities.

The class enjoyed learning about some of the advocacy groups we have in our wonderful community.  Rainbow Maldonado did a fantastic job scheduling the tours and is a true leader when it comes to advocacy.  This class helped us all get in the mood for the true meaning of Christmas and how helping others is one of the best ways to become a true leader.