Explore takes people out of their community – and their comfort zone – to get to know the great diversity of the state and how our most pressing issues show up in rural, urban, suburban and Native communities. Participants will expand their perspective, knowledge of the issues and have the time and space to forge strong relationships and build connections in all corners of the state.
Explore is for alumni of previous VL programs who are interested in growing their perspectives of how statewide issues vary across Arizona. More information on Explore to come soon. Not a VL alum? Apply to be part of Catalyze and start your leadership journey with us.
We are committed to empowering a broad spectrum of Arizonans to lead. With every class, inclusion and increasing representation among people who may have traditionally been overlooked for leadership roles is our priority. It is with that commitment that we are working to strengthen and build partnerships to connect more Arizonans to our training and development opportunities. While we ask participants to commit to investing time, we never want cost to be a barrier. Scholarships and/or wage replacement may be available, and you can make that request as part of your application.
A note on coronavirus and programming: All program dates will be held in accordance with CDC, state and local guidelines and regulations.
To be determined in 2022.
Tuition is based on a sliding scale, from $500-1,950.
Applications Open in 2022
Frequently Asked Questions
The program was built with consideration of the current economic circumstances of individuals and their families in mind. Tuition for Explore is based on a sliding scale:
- $500 for individuals with an income of $26,500 or less, or families with an income of $53,000 or less.
- $750 for individuals with an income of $26,501-$53,000 or families with an income of $53,001-$106,000.
- $1,000 for individuals with an income of $53,001-$106,000 or $1,200 families with an income of $106,001-$318,000.
- $1,500 for individuals with an income of $159,000+ or $1,950 family households with an income of $318,000+
While we ask participants to commit to investing time, we never want cost to be a barrier. Scholarships and/or wage replacement may be available, and you can make that request as part of your application.
Program dates are to be determined but will include three to five overnight sessions.
More details on the application to come in 2022.
It is important for participants of to have a strong foundation in the issues facing Arizona and the Principles of Doing, so all applicants must be an alum of a VL program.
Explore is for VL alumni who are interested in growing their perspective of the state and how issues play out across Arizona. Please note, travel is required.
Valley Leadership offers an opportunity for you to have new experiences and make new connections that help you grow. Increased self-awareness, perspective and community knowledge and connections are invaluable in any workplace. As you’re getting ready to ask your employer about a VL opportunity, be sure share with them how you’ll use these additional skills to support your organization.
Explore in particular can benefit anyone whose work requires them to work across Arizona and stay connected to the latest happenings around the state.
Our programs vary in their time commitment, giving you the opportunity to continue your learning when it’s most convenient for you and your schedule.
Recommend Someone for Explore
We’re looking to engage a broad spectrum of Arizonans who are ready to lead and make a difference. Know someone who’d be a great fit? Tell us and we’ll follow up with a personal invitation to apply.