Time running out to apply for Youth Leadership Program

May. 07, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

The application deadline for the Lee County Young Commissioner Youth Leadership Program, a two-week leadership course focused on local government, is Friday.

The program will be offered from July 8-19 and will pair rising seventh through 10th graders with a Lee County commissioner from their district. The program will run for an estimated three to four hours a day during the two weeks and will include classroom sessions, field trips, site visits and "other hands-on educational activities that will increase participant interest in pursuing governmental and community leadership roles."

According to the application, the program objectives include:

* Increasing the participants understanding of the core principles of leadership.

* Developing the specific skills needed for effective leadership.

* Creating a greater understanding of pertinent issues facing Lee County and how elected officials and community leaders must collaborate to address those issues.

* Creating an increased awareness and understanding of the role of county government.

* Providing service opportunities for participants.

* Having a personally enriching and enjoyable experience while learning how to make a difference in their community.

Fourteen slots are available for the program, and participants must include two letters of recommendation, a completed application and a short essay on why they should be chosen. Those accepted into the program must pay a $15 tuition fee.