Michael Maloney, The Leadership LevelUp Podcast - Episode 44

Welcome back to another engaging episode of Converge! In this episode, we have the honor of sitting down once again with Michael Maloney, the CEO and executive director of Garden of Prayer Youth Center.

Michael shares his powerful insights into the essential work of Garden of Prayer, a licensed child welfare agency and accredited organization, showcasing the remarkable impact they have in Kankakee County.
In our conversation, Michael delves into the specifics of the services and support that Garden of Prayer provides to young men, families, and the community. He takes us on a journey through the different programs offered, from early childhood education to mental health services, and sheds light on the incredible commitment of the organization to create a positive and transformative impact on the lives of those they serve.

We learn about the pivotal role of compassion, integrity, and commitment in the leadership and staff of Garden of Prayer, with all leaders being required to possess specific characteristics and a strong educational background. Michael passionately describes the nurturing environment and comprehensive support provided to young individuals who have faced adversities, emphasizing the importance of love and stability in their lives.

One remarkable aspect highlighted by Michael is the Parent Mentor Program, where parents are trained as teacher assistants, providing invaluable support to schools and students in need. The dedication to empowering and uplifting the community shines through in each program and initiative discussed.

Furthermore, we gain insight into the group homes for adolescents and the foster care programs, where Garden of Prayer exhibits an unwavering commitment to helping young individuals heal, grow, and find stability and love.

Incorporating elements of leadership and personal development, Michael also emphasizes the significance of developing leaders within the organization, sharing captivating stories of how individuals who were once served by Garden of Prayer have grown to become leaders themselves, a testament to the enduring impact of compassion and mentorship.

This episode uplifts and inspires, revealing the depth of care and the profound ripple effect of love and support within the community. Michael’s unwavering dedication to the betterment of the lives of others is truly remarkable.

Don’t miss this insightful episode as Michael Maloney shares his journey and the incredible work of Garden of Prayer.

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Meet Your Guest

Michael Maloney

Michael Maloney has led the Garden of Prayer as the CEO and Executive Director of the Garden of Prayer since 2006. Previously, he dedicated six years as the Board President before assuming his current role. 

Under his leadership, the service population has tripled, program offerings have doubled, and the agency’s reach has expanded to include five additional locations. Michael’s educational background includes a B.A. from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Chicago State University, and an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Child Welfare Specialist.

About the Leadership LevelUp Podcast

Being a boss and a leader are very different. A boss tells you what to do and a leader partners with you in the process. Jeff, being a leader of leaders, has a vast knowledge of best practices and exercises to discover leadership traits. Brian shares stories with Jeff about the ups and downs of his leadership quest while talking to business and community leaders to discuss their personal leadership journey. Who influenced them? What do they do when they have a bad day? What gives them inspiration? Do french fries or tacos or ice cream make them feel better after a bad day? Through laughter and casual conversation, Brian and Jeff explore all aspects of good leadership.

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