The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GLCDF) were established to increase the leadership development and civic engagement of the Latino community across Georgia.

The GLCDF has implemented the GALEO Institute for Leadership (GIL) to focus upon leadership development of the Latino community across our state. As part of the GALEO Institute for Leadership, we have formed a strategic partnership with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute to expand and develop our joint efforts for their Community Leadership Program.

The University of Georgia, Fanning Institute: Founded in 1982, the Fanning Institute is named for Vice President and Professor Emeritus J.W. Fanning, whom many consider to be the father of leadership in Georgia. His leadership and community development legacy is carried on today through the Fanning Institute’s continued vision of building community capacity.

The curriculum being utilized for the GALEO Institute for Leadership will be the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute 4th Edition CLP (revised 2006). The curriculum provides eight modules designed to assist participants in:

  • Becoming more knowledgeable about themselves, leadership practices and their communities;
  • Developing skills needed to assist them in becoming stronger community leaders;
  • Coming together to use their newly acquired knowledge and enhanced leadership skills to address community issues, needs, problems and challenges;
  • Exercising leadership by engaging themselves in activities and undertaking projects to improve their communities.

Currently the GIL consists of the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program modules coupled with complementary activities to further promote the leadership development of our community leaders. Latinos are a growing segment of Georgia’s community and we have a responsibility to lead.

Participants from ALL backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply.

The 2014 session is currently taking place. Please see below for this year’s timeline so that you can get an idea of the program content and timeline.

The 2015 session will begin sometime between January and March 2015 and will follow a similar model to this year’s session, with meetings every four to five weeks. If you are interested in participating in 2015, please send an email to Laura Toro, GALEO Program Manager, at and we will contact you when the new calendar is available so that you can submit an application.

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