APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2014-15 LEADERSHIP LEXINGTON YOUTH PROGRAM
ACCESS THE 2014-15 APPLICATION HERE
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 Class Members Participate in Mid-Year Session
Article by Lauren Harper, Lexington Catholic High School
The Mid-Year session of the Leadership Lexington Youth Program focused on developing skills and learning about a variety of areas. Business dining etiquette, the process of creating the best team for success, social media, hybrid job careers, and the importance of investment and management of money were just some of the things covered. All of these topics are ideal to creating a well-rounded individual who can manage themselves, as well as others. As part of our day, we covered each of these topics in order to discover how to apply them to our lives.
The Mid-Year session began at Commerce Lexington Inc., where we had our first speaker, Jason Cummins, who talked to us about the characteristics of an effective team. In order to have a team set towards a path of success; there must be diversity within the team members, because having diversity creates a group with a variety of knowledge, experience, ideas, and talents. Jason also discussed how guidelines are important for keeping a team respectful and aware of each other. The main five were trust, communication, love, collective responsibility, and accountability.
The next speaker was Sean Moore, who discussed with us the importance of social media. In addition to educating us on how companies use it to promote products, he also talked about the importance of making sure our pages are clean, because with one look at your page, it's possible to make a first impression on someone. In addition to this, Sean encouraged us to join more professional social media sites, like LinkedIn, which many of us did.
The next thing on our agenda was an etiquette lunch that was held at Coba Cocina. Led by Terri Thompson, we learned about proper business dining etiquette. We were taught a variety of things, from where to place our silverware and napkin, to how to politely introduce and excuse ourselves. Throughout the lunch, we were able to master a variety of new etiquette techniques that we will use throughout our lives.
After our delicious lunch, we traveled back to Commerce Lexington where we had our next speaker, Robin Fleischer, who talked to us about hybrid jobs and how often jobs overlapped. We then brainstormed about potential and rising job careers.
Our day concluded with our final speakers, Todd Sallee, Terri Jones, Matt Frank, and Craig Browning, who talked to us about the stock market, investments, and money management. We learned about different kinds of bank accounts and how to get the best returns for our money.
Reflecting on the day, we acquired a lot of new knowledge on a vast array of topics. Each had major importance and could be applied today or will be vital to know in the near future. By applying these useful skills to our every day lives, we will learn how to perform and work with others more effectively, while improving our community.