Civic Leadership

We provide leadership and professional development opportunities for individuals living and working in Bergen County, educating people about our community and training them to be civically active. For example, we offer training for volunteering, running a nonprofit or business, and being an effective Board Member

Bergen LEADS


Bergen LEADS is an exciting, 10-month learning and leadership adventure for adults who live or work in Bergen County. Created by a group of community leaders, participants learn about issues from leaders in the field, site visits and assigned readings. Interactive, fast-paced and experiential, Bergen LEADS will help you see your community – and yourself – through new eyes. 


                public safety         Education                   healthcare   


Government                     LAW                 Environment            economy

Bergen LEADS

College LEADS




Bergen LEADS has gained a reputation as a “think tank” for challenges facing our County. Each class focuses on a specific topic and in June of each year, the graduating class presents their findings and recommendations at a Public Forum. If the results of the class project have the potential for a long-term solution, then Bergen LEADS will seek out an appropriate agency to apply the solution.

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College LEADS is a program for students to learn about local government and public policy. Students analyze community issues and develop new approaches to problem solving.  The students take a deep look into a compelling issue.  They look at the many facets of the issues figuring out where their generation can take a stand and make an impact.

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Teen LEADS is a program for high school students to learn about local government and public policy. Students analyze community issues and develop new approaches to problem solving. The program is designed to get students involved in their community to become effective community leaders.

Bergen LEADS administers the DiSC Profile and Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values™ (PIAV) assessment to each participant. Michele Brown, of Intuaction Coaching, meets with the class three times to explain results of the assessments and facilitate strong team function. In 2012, Bergen LEADS added the Positive Leadership curriculum into the seminar year. Based on cutting-edge research and practices, the curriculum presents a fresh approach that combines leadership and personal development.​ 

Bergen LEADS Alumni Network


The Bergen Volunteers Alumni Network is a vibrant network of Bergen LEADers who are active and engaged with the community and each other, through leadership education, workshops, networking opportunities, and social programming.

Info: 201.489-9454 - ext. 202


Anti-Discrimination and Confidentiality Policies

Bergen Volunteers respect the confidentiality and individual rights of privacy of all Bergen LEADS


Bergen LEADS does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, affectional or sexual orientation, marital or familial status, income, disability or liability for service in the armed forces of the United States.

The success of Bergen LEADS hinges on recruiting a diverse class whose members represent a variety of backgrounds, opinions and experiences. Bergen LEADS is committed to selecting an outstanding class of individuals who are dedicated to Bergen County and who represent the rich diversity of the County through their work, civic activities and personal qualities.

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