2020 Junior Leadership Program Application

Leadership Lake County has provided leadership development programs since 1987. The experiential nature of our program days and the preparation for workplace and community leadership roles are the hallmarks of our programs.  It is a unique opportunity designed to guide students to reach his or her full leadership potential.

Application Due Date: March 11, 2019- Extended to April 11, 2019

Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15, 2019.

Class size is limited and late applications may not be considered.

Please note: Invoices for the $425 non-refundable participation fee will be issued with notification of acceptance. Need-based partial financial assistance may be available upon written request from the student participant. Do NOT send payment with application.

 MONTHLY SESSIONS:  The monthly all-day sessions begin September 2019 and end in May 2020 on the first Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted. Program Days are from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm. Students may miss one non-mandatory day and remain eligible for graduation from the program. The schedule for 2019 - 20 is as follows:


April 25               Orientation for Parents and Students – Thursday - 6 -7:30 pm

August 11 & 12    Opening Retreat – Mandatory (Sun 2-6 pm; Mon 7:30-2:30)

September 4       Lake County History Day

October 2            Education Day

November 6        Business Day

December 4        Government Day


January 8            Mid-year Retreat with Signature Program - Mandatory (2nd Wed – 8:30 – 2:30)

February 5           Public Safety and Justice Day

March 4               Health Care and Health Living Day

March 28             Global Youth Service Day (Saturday)   

April 1                  Quality of Life Day 

May 6                  Closing Session & Graduation - Mandatory

Organizations and Activities

Essay Submissions

Please answer carefully, as this is the most heavily weighted component of the selection process. Please type your response in 200-300 words for each question. We urge you to draft your responses in a text document and proof carefully before pasting into your application.

Reference Letter

Your application requires that we receive one letter of reference from someone who knows you well outside of school.

The letter must include the name, complete mailing address, and phone number of your reference.

The letter should address the following: For how long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? Describe the applicant's leadership potential, including strengths and areas for growth. What distinguishes this applicant from other candidates you might recommend?

The letter must be received on or before April 24, 2019. 

The letter may be scanned and uploaded via the link on the application page, emailed to jmcdonald@leadershiplc.org, or mailed to Youth Program Manager, Leadership Lake County, 8804 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.


  School Approval and Recommendation

All applicants must have the approval of their school principal to attend the program sessions of Leadership Lake County's Junior Leadership Program. Please check with him/her about required attendance procedure.  Please ask your principal to complete the form below.

2020 School Approval Form

School approval must be received on or before Aug 9, 2019.

The letter may be scanned and uploaded via the link on the application page, emailed to jmcdonald@leadershiplc.org, or mailed to Youth Program Manager, Leadership Lake County, 8804 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.


I understand the purpose of the Leadership Lake County Junior Leadership Program and that completion of this application does not ensure a candidate's acceptance into the class.  If selected, I will devote the time required to fulfill all obligations to the program.  By entering my name is the box below, I am approving this as an authorized signature for my application.

Thank you for your application! 

If you have any questions, please contact Jay McDonald at (440) 290-7933 or jmcdonald@leadershiplc.org.

Thank you for contacting us!

We have received your application for the Junior Leadership Program Class of 2020.  You will be notified in writing of the Selection Committee's decision by March 29, 2019. If selected, you will need to attend the Parent/Student Orientation at 6 pm on Thursday April 25, 2019. Please mark your calendars now!

*Don't forget to upload your reference letter and school approval form by their respective deadlines!*

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