High school sophomores and juniors come together across York County high schools and learn to become lifelong, responsible, active participants in their hometown community. Participants develop leadership skills and lasting relationships with each other and community leaders. The program runs October through May.
Through interaction and problem solving with peer and community leaders, students:
Learn about York County government, business, human services, and cultural arts
Meet students from other York County schools
Develop leadership skills
Discuss issues with community leaders
In addition to a Saturday retreat and 6 weekday sessions, the students perform community service projects, meet with established community leaders, participate in a community leader networking session and learn about informed giving and grant-making, both in theory and in actual practice.
Students are selected by their respective school districts in late spring for participation during the following school year, and represent most public and private high schools in York County.
High school personnel are encouraged to look beyond typical school leadership criteria when selecting participants in order to identify previously untapped leadership potential.
The tuition for participating students is $400, and is covered by the sponsoring school. This fee does not, however, cover the true cost of the program, and Leadership York relies on the generosity of York County's business and philanthropic community in order to offer this training in community involvement for our youth.
Students interested in becoming a Future Leader of York should apply through their high school guidance office.