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.
2013-14 Program Sponsors:
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Leadership Youth Class Members Explore Local Health & Human Services
Article by Angela Maske, Henry Clay High School
The pursuit of health and wellness is at the very heart of the human experience. Because of its pertinence, it brings us together and inspires us, driving us to develop ways to make life safer and more comfortable for ourselves and others.
As members of the Leadership Lexington Youth Program, we were given the tremendous opportunity to take a peek into some of the places where the pinnacle of these developments are taking place. We learned of life-saving efforts made by the Red Cross, and were given advice at St. Joseph Hospital East for those of us interested in entering the health or medical field. We were inspired by the stories told by Dr. Merchant that led him to become a doctor, as well as memories from his service trips to Guatemala. Some of us flinched, and some of us gasped in astonishment at his (wonderfully) gruesome photos from the ER.
Shriners Hospital brought new discoveries as well. It was clear that many members of the class were surprised - in the best way possible - at the capabilities and the resources the hospital has to offer to its patients.
At the Ronald McDonald House, we learned not only the principles of the charity, but also a multitude of heartening stories of the lives who had been changed as a result of their efforts to provide for families in need of their services. As we concluded our session at the Fayette County Health Department, we discovered the path to creating initiatives which improve the lives of countless individuals within our local community.
As future leaders of a constantly evolving and progressing world, it is imperative that we are braced with the skills to address paramount issues. With the right amount of enthusiasm, dedication, intellect, and ingenuity, I believe there is no challenge we cannot overcome.