FLY at 25: Meet Rebecca Altland

The 25th Future Leaders of York class graduated in May 2014. We're proud to share updates from FLY alumni on how their participation in the program influenced their leadership development.


Meet Rebecca Altland, FLY 06

I was thrilled when I learned that I had been chosen as a member of the 2006 FLY class. Leadership York gave me a fresh perspective of my hometown. I was able to discover organizations in my community that I had either never heard of or had taken for granted. One particular organization, ACCESS-York, became a focus of mine and I was even able to lead a service project in my school with the donations going back to their programs. Through that process I was able to learn about opportunities in York that have a great impact on the people in my community.

FLY also helped me develop my strategizing and critical thinking skills, specifically in a group setting. These skills are invaluable in my career path. After I graduated from West York Area High School in 2007, I attended Elizabethtown College, where I majored in Social Studies Education. Currently, I am the high school Social Studies teacher at Crispus Attucks Charter School in York City. My job allows me to encourage the future generation of leaders in York. I feel proud to work for an organization that is dedicated to service in the community.

I would strongly recommend current high school students get involved in Leadership York. Meeting other young people from high schools around the area provides a wonderful opportunity to make connections and friends that will last for years to come. The program is filled with amazing people who want to bring out the potential in our future leaders!

Future Leaders of York helps high school sophomores and juniors learn to become lifelong, responsible, active participants in their community. The class of 2014 included 37 students, representing 17 York County high schools. Program expenses come out to $1200 per student and tuition covers only 25% of that cost. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsorship or individual giving opportunities to help underwrite this program.