Tuesday January 25, 2011 | 10:02 PM

The Institute for Civic Leadership capped off its first-ever program for young leaders with a graduation tonight in the function room above Pat's Pizza in the Old Port. Called the Young Emerging Leaders program, it trains people between the ages of 22 and 35 in skills needed to serve on nonprofit boards and then matches the program participants with local boards looking to recruit younger members. The event included a cocktail hour - with tons of pizza from Pat's - followed by a graduation ceremony for the 25 members of the inaugural class.

Here are a few snapshots showing program facilitators Andrew Jones and Laura Moorehead and ICL's executive director Jan Kearce handing out the certificates and a book called "Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards":

Jason Alvarez of Martin's Point Health Care

Sarah Paul of Bowdoin College

Heather Sullivan of CIEE

After the ceremony, graduates Kaitlin Hammersley of L.L. Bean, Cheryl Hamilton, who is a performance artist, and Alicia Ines Sampson of USM announced an ongoing line-up of skill building and social events for the classmates.

The other graduates are Alexander Abbott of MaineHealth, Amanda Boston of Wright Express, Jane Camp of United Way, Andrew Colvin of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office, Alex Cornell du Houx of Truman National Security Project & Maine State Representative for District 66, Jesse Cyr of Wright Express, Sam DePoy-Warren of ICL and Samantha Warren Weddings, Brian Dries of Fairchild Semiconductor, Will Ethridge of Eternal Otter Records, Julia Greenleaf Pitney of Drummond & Drummond, Abigail Isaacson of MaineHealth, Jason Long of MSAD 17, Clara McConnell of Good Shepherd Food Bank, Sara Moppin of Perkins Thompson, Kiersten Scarpati of VONT, Kathryn Spirer of Friends School of Portland, Gary Trempe of Gorham Savings Bank, Kimberly Wallace of UNUM and Jeremy Whitehouse of Consigli Construction Company.

I'll have lots more details about the program and the party - plus plenty of additional photos - in the Jan. 30 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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