Cluster Facilitator

The Cluster Facilitator application for the 2024 session will be open until Sunday, October 8, 2023.


Volunteer Description

The Cluster Facilitator serves as the group’s resource, catalyst, and coach. Rather than acting as a parent or gatekeeper, the Cluster Facilitator serves as a bridge between the Learning Community and learning application in the Family Cluster. The Family Cluster is the formal support and reference group for the participants during the Institute.  

Specific roles within the Family Cluster and Learning Community include:

  • modeling leadership behavior and acting with integrity
  • clarifying, summarizing, and sharing ideas
  • guiding group discussions
  • facilitating selected segments of the curriculum
  • establishing a climate conducive to learning
  • challenging assumptions and encouraging reflection and feedback
  • maintaining an energy level that matches the pace of the Institute

For a full description of the Cluster Facilitator role, click here!


LeaderShape Institute Overview

The Institute is a four-day program provided by LeaderShape in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since its inception in 1986 the Institute, has developed an international reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. More than 60,000 young people from colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations across the United States and around the world have graduated from the program.

The Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values.

The program content of the Institute reflects key leadership issues of vision, partnerships, integrity, and results. In addition, all participants leave the Institute with a "Breakthrough Blueprint." The Breakthrough Blueprint is a well-conceived vision and plan of action for the participants to implement in their organization, community, or workplace.

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Cluster Facilitator Time Commitment

Cluster Facilitator Orientation: 1. 5 hours

The Institute Faculty Training: 8 hours

The Institute: 4 days

Cluster Facilitators will be required to stay on-site overnight for the duration of the program. Lodging and three daily meals as well as snacks will be provided. Free overnight parking on-site is provided along with room and board.