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Project Blueprint celebrates graduation of first individual cohort

United Way of Lancaster County leaders join the inaugural Project Blueprint individual cohort for a graduation photo at the S. Dale High Leadership Center on Friday, April 19, 2024. (Photo: Anna Smucker)

The first individual cohort of United Way of Lancaster County’s Project Blueprint has graduated.

The 15 individuals, representing 12 organizations, spent the past seven months learning best practices in serving on a board of directors.

(Source: United Way of Lancaster County)

Project Blueprint encompasses two training programs for individuals and organizations. Through the individual program, underrepresented and diverse community members receive trainings and resources so they can effectively serve in key leadership positions on nonprofit and public governance boards. The organizational program provides training to boards; its inaugural cohort concluded in May 2023.

The 15 participants in the individual program were recognized Friday in a ceremony at S. Dale High Leadership Center. It began with remarks from Aiza Ashraf, Director of Equity & Impact at United Way of Lancaster County, followed by Kate Zimmerman, President & CEO. Both expressed their immense satisfaction with this group of individuals and their potential for helping to create a more equitable Lancaster County.

Graduates received certificates and gifts from United Way of Lancaster County board members Michael Diller of WellSpan Heath and Salena Coachman of Armstrong World Industries.

“It’s when we build connections and relationships and work together that we can multiply our impact and genuinely transform our community,” said Joel Janisewski, United Way of Lancaster County Director of Volunteer Center and Community Listening. “We are looking forward to the impact you will continue to have serving our whole community.”

United Way of Lancaster County is planning to launch its second Project Blueprint organizational cohort this fall.