The School for Leaders was founded in the summer of 1994 by the initiative of Dr Zbigniew A. Pełczyński, professor at the Oxford University. In February 1997 the project transformed into the School for Leaders Association. Our mission is to support the development of civil society through training and support of leaders who perform their activities within the public sphere in NGOs, local government institutions and political parties. The participants of our programs are the people of different political and social backgrounds. After 20 years of activity, our Alumni are members of the European and Polish Parliament, of the government and of many local governments. They also run hundreds of organizations and social initiatives in over 40 countries all across the world.
In 2009 the first edition of the School for Leaders for the Polish Community Abroad took place. Since then 14 training sessions have been carried out in Poland and 10 training sessions abroad (in Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada and Brasil). Altogether 357 young and active representatives of the Polish community environments from 35 countries on 5 continents (South America, North America, Australia, Asia and Europe) participated in the project. www.szkola-liderow.pl
Rzeczpospolita Polska Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych The projects “School for Leaders of the Polish Community Abroad”, “School for Cultural Animators for the Polish Community Abroad” and “Vote! You are at home” are financed with the funds from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Cooperation with Polish Community and the Poles who live abroad in 2013” Competition. In 2013 the project is held under the honourable patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski.
Between 2009 and 2011 the project was carried out with the funds of the Office of the Senate of Poland and under the patronage of the Speaker of the Senate Bogdan Borusewicz. The Office of the Senate also supported the organization of the Alumni Reunion of the School for Leaders in 2012 and 2013 and it offers technical support throughout the project.