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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.

General Information

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 through April 2.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the class by April 15.

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 4, 2016.  Participants must meet all of the program requirements to be eligible for graduation.

Application: Click for Junior Leadership Class of 2016 Application

The schedule for 2015-16 is as follows:



May 14                      Orientation for Parents and Students – Thursday - 6 -8 pm

September 9         Opening Retreat – Mandatory -REVISED DATE

October 7             Lake County History Day - REVISED DATE

November 4          Health Care and Healthy Living Day

December 2          Government and Environment Day



January 13             Mid-year Retreat with Signature Program (2nd Wednesday) – Mandatory Full Day 8 am – 4 pm

February 3              Public Safety & Justice Day

March 2                    Quality of Life Day

April 16                     Global Youth Service Day – Saturday - Mandatory

May 4                         Closing Session & Graduation

The Leadership Lake County Youth Programs are made possible by the ongoing support of the following: