THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2013-14 LEADERSHIP LEXINGTON YOUTH PROGRAM HAS PASSED. CHECK BACK NEXT YEAR!
About the Program
MISSION: Our mission is to prepare diverse individuals for leadership through education and hands-on interaction, touching upon issues and resources pertaining to our community. The program will motivate the students to think seriously about the role they’d like to play and the difference they can make in the Lexington community.
ELIGIBILITY: This unique opportunity is for 11th grade students enrolled in Fayette County Schools (private, parochial and public). Home schoolers are encouraged to apply as well. In March, our application and selection time, students who are currently sophomores are encouraged to apply for the upcoming school year that will begin in August, making them Juniors at that time.
STRUCTURE: Applications are available on the website and at schools (call 226-1610 for specific school contact) in March. Applications are due March 29th. Deadline of March 29th is firm. This competitive process includes the written application as well as a personal interview which is held in April.
The program will begin with a September orientation devised as a training, networking and teambuilding session followed by seven sessions and concludes with a graduation luncheon including parents in April. Program dates and session topics include Health and Human Services, Public Safety and Government, Midyear (training and business shadowing), Higher Education and Career Development, Arts and Media, and Economy. Orientation and day sessions run 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. are held on the first Wednesday of the month during regular school days. Attendance at all sessions is required unless there is an excused absence from parents and school counselor. Students are excused from school during day sessions but continue to be responsible for all their regular classroom work.
COST: This 8 month program has a tuition fee of $225. The fee assists with covering the cost of charter transportation, lunch and snacks throughout the program year. If this cost poses a challenge to ANY student, please contact Amy Carrington at 859-226-1610 to ask about further assistance.
• Provides in-depth programs that acquaint participants with community needs, issues and resources.
• Meet and interact with local leaders and decision makers.
• Visit local business, community and education sites and facilities.
• Broadens students perspective and understanding of community involvement.
• Connects to opportunities and challenges faced in career development.
• Fosters leadership development.
• Provides opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to know one another and develop a level of mutual trust and respect.
• Creates a network of young leaders to guide the future of our community.
For more information about the Leadership Lexington Youth Program, contact Amy Carrington, program coordinator, at (859) 226-1610.
2012-13 Presenting Sponsor:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Leadership Lexington Youth Closes Out 2012-13 Program
Commerce Lexington Inc. Staff Report
On April 10th, the Leadership Lexington Youth class met at Transylvania University in Thomson Hall for an interactive leadership training and reflection exercises with Grace Gorrell, a UK Leadership Professor who has worked with the class since orientation on leadership development. The goal was to help students take a serious look at their values and then allow them to reflect upon the activities, leadership skills and community information they learned throughout the program year.
Next, Steering Committee Member and UK Commander and Professor of Military Science, Lt. Col. Jason Cummins, guided the students through an After Action Review. The review exercise is commonly used throughout military practices. It is a skill the students can use as they move forward with various projects and assignments.
At noon, a graduation luncheon including students, parents, school representatives, program sponsors and steering committee members was held in the William T. Young Campus Center at Transylvania University. The graduation ceremony followed comments from Herb Miller, President and CEO of Columbia Gas, and reflections on the experience from class members Alyssa Liew and Hiatt Allen.
All students were recognized for their commitment to and completion of the eight month program. Last year’s Distinguished Leader award winner, Roshnee Raithatha, presented the Distinguished Leader Award for 2012-2013 to Elizabeth Mechas, a Sayre School student.