Leadership Lexington Youth




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, montessori and public). Home schoolers are encouraged to apply as well. Students who are currently sophomores are encouraged to apply for the upcoming school year, making them Juniors for the 2014-15 school year.

STRUCTURE: Applications must be submitted in hard copy by March 28, 2014 to your school contact (listed on application). Recommendation letters should be included in the application when submitted to the school contact. Commerce Lexington will only accept applications from home schooled students on March 28th. Schools will turn in to Commerce Lexington a representative number of applications based on the school enrollment. Those applications will then go into the county-wide application pool for blind scoring by the LLYP Steering Committee followed by interviews at Commerce Lexington.

Class decisions will be made during the last week of May by the LLYP Steering Committee. Students accepted into the program must pay $250 tuition to go through the program. ACCESS THE 2014-15 APPLICATION HERE

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 $250. 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.

2013-14 Program Sponsors:


Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Leadership Youth Program Explores Higher Education, Career Development Opportunities

Article by Sahil Nair, P.L. Dunbar High School
Education has always stood as an issue most worthy of student ownership. As students, we hold the greatest stake in our schooling, as it is our education system that will influence and shape us more than anything else in our formative years. It's only natural that the Leadership Lexington Youth Program helped us explore such a relevant and pertinent field.

During our Higher Education and Career Development Day, we explored the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Together, these three schools make up the breadth of postsecondary education, from community and technical college, to a private liberal arts college, to the large state university.

Our day started at BCTC, where we were greeted by Dr. Augusta Julian, President and CEO of the college. She broke the ice on the cold day by challenging us to mentally explore the role of the community and technical college. Then, Rebecca Simms joined us to explain her role as Director of Secondary Partnerships and showcased how BCTC plays a role in our high school education through dual credit courses. Then, Ms. Simms and Mr. Tri Roberts, Vice President of Regional Campuses and Outreach, lead us on a tour of the brand new Newtown Campus. I can confidently say that BCTC shattered many of our misconceptions about community colleges, and also shed new light on the true role of community and technical college education in Lexington and the country.

Following a bus ride to Transylvania University, we were welcomed by Ingrid Allen, Associate Director of Admissions, and Susan Rayer, Director of Career Development and Leadership Lexington veteran. Many of us have fond memories from Transy summer and sports camps, and the tour built on that. From talking to current students on a guided tour to experiencing Transy’s cafeteria food, we got a real feel for life at a small liberal arts institution. Many a student fell in love with the fact that one could feel cozy on Transy’s small campus, while also reaping the benefits of UK’s expansive resources and libraries through the Transy-UK partnership.

Any trip around Lexington’s colleges and universities wouldn’t be complete without exploring a bit of UK. LLYP visited the William T. Young Library, one of the most impressive displays of public university education. I personally had never been to “Willy T,” as it is affectionately known, and I was taken aback by the depth and scale of the resources available to UK students and Lexington residents alike. A partnership between Transylvania and UK allows students from both to schools to utilize the libraries, collections, resources, and other perks of both schools. This mutualistic partnership benefits students from both schools immensely.

After a library tour, we were treated to a presentation on the in-and-outs of admissions and scholarships at UK by Tony Jackson, the Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment. His insights got many of us thinking about the financial aspect of college, an issue more relevant to postsecondary education than ever.

From there, we visited UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, which is in the process of comprehensive remodeling. There, we were greeted by Gatton students and Brendan O'Farrell, International Director of the Global Scholars Program at UK. They captivated those of us interested in a business-related career with an overview of Global Scholars, a pitch to minor in International Business, no matter what one does, and the importance of study abroad in college education. To see a premier program for International Business based right in our backyard impressed upon us how diverse and wide in scope postsecondary education is. It was a good surprise to see specific, comprehensive, and lauded programs like the Global Scholars Program at a large public institution, giving the smaller honors college experience to students through on a campus of almost 30,000 students.

Being some of the most informed and driven students in Lexington, most of us are familiar with many of our primary and secondary education. But, this session taught us a great deal about our community's postsecondary education system. Prior to the session, many of us had not explored the opportunities available at BCTC, but by the end of day, our outlook on BCTC was expanded along with our perspective on postsecondary education. As future leaders in Lexington and the world, it's important for us to know the role and the contributions of all institutions of higher education. This session did just that, succeeding in not only sending us into a frenzy over our future, but also greatly aiding in our development as leaders.