After its initial meeting to gauge interest in develop a community leadership program in the Tri-City community, the group agreed to continue work on the program. The next meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 pm at the Sgt. Fernando De La Rosa Memorial Library at 416 N. Tower Rd. in Alamo.

Many graduates of the Leadership San Juan and Leadership Pharr programs expressed support for starting a new program. Additionally, many other community residents and leaders voiced support and need for a community leadership program.

“The working group was quite excited after that first meeting. Those who had graduated from the previous programs were particularly enthusiastic about starting something new,” Arnoldo Mata, one of the organizers, said.

The group went over the history of the two previous programs and some of their successes, which included a number of community service projects. This includes parks improvements, down town benches, funds raised for library projects, community service programs and others community events in Pharr and San Juan.

The group also reviewed some possible models for the new program that would include Alamo, San Juan and Alamo, as well as nearby communities.

“We’re looking at developing a totally new program. Hopefully, we will come up with some new approaches to community leadership. This is why we want some new people to join us in this process. Also, the idea of working with all three communities will allow us to think outside our own communities,” Mata added.

For more information, contact Mata at: arnoldo.mata@hotmail.com.