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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 different sectors and the diverse community that is Ashtabula County, including; business, labor, economy, government, health and human services, and recreation sectors.




• 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 their 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 and nonrefundable. Tuition covers all meals, materials, and each day's travel expenses.

• All successful program recipients are recognized at an end of the year Project Fair & Recognition Ceremony.




Wed., Sept. 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Orientation            Location TBD 


Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Opening Retreat      TBD


October Program Days 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, October 13

November Program Day 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, November 10


December Program Day 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, December 8

January Program Day Friday, January 27, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Mid-Year Retreat 

February Program Day 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, February 9

March Program Day 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, March 9

April Program Day 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, April 13

May Closing Day Retreat Thursday, May 11, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM 

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