For more information, please contact Vanessa Camacho, Vice President: | 956-423-5440


Monthly Program Sessions (September-May)
An orientation reception will be held at the end of August to serve as the kick-off for the program experience, followed by the Reality-Oriented Physical Experience Session (ROPES) course to be held on a Saturday. The first full-day session will be held in September, with each following session being held on the second Thursday of each month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All dates are subject to change and times as approximate. The exception will be an overnight trip to Austin for the state government session held in the Spring.

Class Project
The Leadership Harlingen class will organize a “Candidates Forum” in conjunction with the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce as their class project. The project will consist of organizing the event and developing the program and questions to be asked to the candidates.

City Meeting and Non-Profit Meeting
During the nine-month course, participants will be required to attend one city meeting or non-profit organization board meeting. Participants are required to bring a copy of the dated agenda from the meeting they attend.


For Businesses
  • Provides employees with increased organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Exposes employees to new insights into the community
  • Provides new access to networks of community leaders and different resources

For Individuals
  • Provides in-depth education about Harlingen’s history, government, economy, social issues, quality of life, education, needs and opportunities
  • Introduces and encourages dialogue with other emerging leaders in the program as well as current influential community leaders
  • Provides experience in the concepts of community trusteeship and servant leadership
  • Provides the guidance and support for active participation in activities which contribute to the growth and betterment of the community
  • Prepares candidates for high-level leadership roles, professional and personal growth

Program Sessions

  • Orientation Session | Mandatory attendance | Late August Evening
  • ROPES | Mandatory attendance | Early September Saturday
  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Services
  • Education, Communication & Arts
  • Harlingen Area Industries
  • Local City Government
  • State Government | Overnight trip to Austin
  • Agriculture
  • Medical Services
  • Class Day

Partner Plus Program


  • CITY
  • HMC
  • VBHS
  • FCB
  • ALOE
  • BBVACompass
  • hinoelectric
  • NEV
  • PENA
  • VIA
  • VMS
  • AEP
  • charlieclark
  • elclavolumber
  • farmersjose
  • normafarmers
  • IBC
  • janinemarie
  • munizsilver
  • palmsbeh
  • PLAT
  • QUAL
  • SHEP
  • TGS
  • ULA
  • bert
  • billguth
  • gillman
  • frost
  • hedc
  • mcculough
  • mood
  • nolanperez
  • poh
  • rgvcu
  • sec
  • trb
  • tstcfoundation
  • uhlhrn
  • vblf

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