Junior Leadership Program
The Junior Leadership Program is designed as a nine-month program for high school juniors to acquire leadership skills and increase civic engagement. The program focuses on 21st Century skill development including collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity, life and career skills, and information technology skills.
Monthly program days provide students with a behind-the-scenes look at Lake County through on-site visits, guest speakers, and experiential learning activities. Students are introduced to various sectors of the county including government, health and human services, business, and recreation. A youth lead class service project fosters the development of leadership skills and service learning through a community service project requiring research, action and reflection.
The Junior Leadership Program is funded by in part tuition, corporate sponsorships and grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Lubrizol Foundation and Christ Child Society.
Classes meet on the first or second Wednesday each month from September through May from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm. Tuition: $425. Tuition is nonrefundable.
Participants: Participants are high school juniors attending school or residing in Lake County. We aim to have all schools represented in each program year. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for consideration. Applications are accepted from sophomore students from January 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the class by April 15, 2014.
Time expectation: In addition to time spent in program days, the class organizes and implements a service project during the course of the program year to further develop leadership skills.
Graduation: Program participants will be recognized at a Graduation reception on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Participants must meet all of the program requirements to be eligible for graduation.
Program Dates for the Class of 2015
May 8, 2014 Orientation with Parents – 5:30-7:00 pm- Mandatory - Lake Erie College - Dickenson Hall in the Austin Science Building
Sept 10, 2014 Opening Retreat- MANDATORY
October 8, 2014* History Day
November 5, 2014 Health Care & Healthy Living Day
December 3, 2014 Business, Labor & Economy Day
January 14, 2015* Human Services and Midyear Retreat Day
February 4, 2015 Public Safety, Government & Justice Day
March 4, 2015 Quality of Life Day
April 11, 2015** GLOBAL YOUTH SERVICE DAY
May 6, 2015 Closing Retreat and Graduation
The Leadership Lake County Youth Programs are made possible by the ongoing support of the following: