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 Class Begins 2014-15 Program

Article by Eliza Jane Schaeffer, Henry Clay High School
We started the day as perfect strangers. To break the ice, there were the classic get-to-know-you exercises, such as playing participant bingo and introducing others in front of progressively larger groups. When it came time for the dreaded fun fact, I was pleasantly surprised. These people's fun facts weren't the usual "I play 'x' sport." Or "I have 'x' pets." One girl lived for three months with a collapsed lung and didn't even realize it! Two shared that they were born in Africa. One girl models. Another has her own business. I learned that this group of people is not your average high school crowd.

A little more acquainted, we headed outside for some team-building exercises. Our small groups had to stack wooden blocks with only a hanger attached to five strings, organize ourselves alphabetically on a log without talking or touching the ground, and complete life size puzzles, among other challenges. These were difficult, because we all are leaders in our schools and extracurricular activities, but not at LLYP. So, these exercises taught us the importance of knowing when to follow, because a leader is nothing more than his followers.

That tied into one of the main lessons we learned after lunch, which was that leadership is not managing. Leadership is inspiring others, so that they want to do it themselves. If you have the ability to influence, you have the ability to lead. To help us with this, we took a short personality quiz to determine how we best interact with, and lead, others.

Finally, we learned how to delegate tasks. This is one of the most useful skills to a young, highly-involved high school student. A good leader does not attempt to conquer the world alone. A good leader distributes tasks among his helpers according to his helpers' availability and ability. A good leader does not micro-manage. Instead, he/she occasionally follows up on tasks.

During the short eight hours the day lasted, I had already learned so much and met so many interesting people that it was hard to imagine that this was only the beginning. After bonding over challenging problems and insightful discussion, we ended the day a little more familiar and excited for what our future may hold.