Youth LEADERship Ashtabula County is a leadership program for high school juniors in Ashtabula County. The goal is to acquire and strengthen leadership skills while increasing community engagement. In Youth LEADERship, students learn how to lead by doing, we work in teams to solve real world problems.
Students work on real community problems that matter to them and their team. At the end of the year, each team presents their evidence-based solutions to community leaders. As a result, students master creative problem solving, critical thinking collaboration, self management, and citizenship.
Each month we embark on various on-site visits, and work with existing community leaders on issues that are real and urgent in our community. Participants take a deep dive into the various sectors and the diverse community that is Ashtabula County, including; business, labor, economy, government, health and human services, and recreation sectors.
Youth Leadership 2019 - 2020 Calendar
ALL Groups Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Orientation Kent State University at Ashtabula
ALL Groups Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Opening Retreat Beaumont Camp
October Program Day Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
November Program Day Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
December Program Day Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
January Program Day Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
February Program Day Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
March Program Day Friday, Mar. 13, 2020, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
April Program Day Friday, Apr. 24, 2020, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
May Closing Day Retreat Friday, May 8, 2020, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The program meets once a month from September through May from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Participants are high school juniors attending school or residing in Ashtabula County. Acceptance into the program is not based on academic merit or athletic ability. Rather, acceptance is based on a student’s character, interest in his/her community and desire to get out in front of the crowd and deal with pressing issues and opportunities in creative ways.
Thanks to corporate support, tuition can be kept at a minimum for the students. Need-based financial assistance is made available upon written request from the student applicant. Tuition is $400.00 and nonrefundable. Tuition covers all meals, materials and each day’s travel expenses.
All program participants who meet program requirements throughout the year are recognized at a graduation reception.