Kent League of Women Voters leaders Iris Meltzer, Dr. Alfreda Brown and Deborah Austin-Sanders were selected to attend a special two-day leadership development training in June led by the League's state office in Columbus.
Meltzer is the president of the Kent League. Brown, who is the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion for Kent State University, is a board member. Austin-Sanders is a guidance counselor for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. They are all Kent residents.
The League of Women Voters of the United States is a grassroots organization that has fought to improve government and engage citizens since 1920. The League formed the leadership program, which sponsors these trainings, to enrich the democracy-building efforts of local leaders throughout the country. The program will be implemented by local leagues in all 50 states with the support of volunteer coaches.
Participants attended "best practices" workshops that included techniques for growing the skills of emerging community leaders, for increasing visibility of the League, and for empowering citizens to exercise their voices in the political process. Workshops were led by national trainers from Washington, D.C., and Delaware, Ohio.
"In this time of growing polarization, and the recent Supreme Court Decision regarding the Voting Rights Act, the League of Women Voters is needed more than ever. A strong League in every community is the best way to ensure that we have an American citizenry that is informed on the issues, ready and able to cast a ballot, and prepared to ensure that every vote is counted," said Meltzer.
She added, "I'm excited to be part of a volunteer organization that people trust and that provides me with great opportunities to make an impact on Kent and on our government. This training has gotten me even more energized about the League's work and my ability to make a difference."
To become a member of the Kent League of Women Voters, call Meltzer at 330-678-4370 or Membership Chair Stacy Yaniglos at 330-678-5664. Learn more about the League at www.kent.oh.lwvnet.org or www.lwv.org or connect with the national League on Facebook.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With more than 90 years of experience and almost 800 local and state affiliations, the League is one of America's most trusted grassroots organizations.