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.


• 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 Stallard, program coordinator, at (859) 226-1610.

2014-15 Program Presented By:


James Motor Company / Mercedes-Benz
Sleep Outfitters
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.


Leadership Lexington Youth: Health & Human Services Day

Article by Sai Naidu, P.L. Dunbar H.S.
This Leadership Lexington Youth session hosted by UK HealthCare presented a wealth of knowledge to anyone with even the slightest interest in the medical field. It was a valuable experience for everyone, no matter where their interests lie. Our first stop was the UK Chandler Medical Center. The tour of UK hospital showed us details and facets of the hospital we might never have known otherwise, and we gained valuable information about several aspects of healthcare through a panel discussion that took place in its beautiful auditorium.

Although I had a vague idea of how esteemed the Chandler Medical Center at UK was, I never realized the depth of planning that went into the hospital operations or how wide-ranging the scope of care and facilities were.

Continuing to expand our awareness, the session took us to the Ronald McDonald House and the Mission Lexington free clinic, where we discovered wonderful and enriching volunteering opportunities. Next, we toured the College of Pharmacy, where we learned about an invaluable facet of the healthcare profession.

Finally, we wrapped up the day with a presentation by Dr. John Kim covering Unnatural Causes, a documentary about the concerning statistics about inequality in health in America. Today, we learned that the healthcare field is extremely dynamic and diverse, and that there are a myriad of opportunities to serve in the noble field.