Over 350+ Youth Graduates and Counting!

Making Our Youth Program the Most Sought-After Leadership Program for Rising High School Juniors & Seniors

Program Structure

For two weeks in the summer, the program meets at different public, private and nonprofit locations throughout Arlington County, exposing participants to diverse organizations and providing them the opportunity to meet with local leaders during this hands-on, experiential program.

Skills sessions focus on teamwork, leadership presence, cultural competency and public speaking. Our Youth Program is unique in its “Philanthropy in Action” program session, which allows participants to learn the value of philanthropy through visits to approximately 20 local nonprofits in Arlington. Participants are tasked with deciding on one nonprofit to be the recipient of a $1,000 grant, developing their own criteria for evaluating each nonprofit and coming to consensus about the grant awardee.

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To enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors.
The Youth Program is a hands-on, experiential program, focusing on professionalism, mentoring, cultural competency and facilitation.
Rising high school juniors and seniors from Arlington County public schools and regional private high schools.
The program will run from July 31 to August 3 and August 7 to August 10.

For a sample, click to view the Youth Program Class of 2016 calendar.

For more information about the Youth Program, contact Courtney Simon, Member Engagement Manager, at csimon@leadercenter.org or 703-528-2522.

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Program Diversity

Since its inaugural class in 2003, the Leadership Arlington Youth Program, powered by Leadership Center for Excellence, has worked with more than 350 students from a diverse cross section of our region. The Youth Program Class of 2015 represented schools as follows:

Bishop O’Connell High School 7%
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program 30%
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology 3%
Wakefield High School 17%
Washington-Lee High School 13%
Yorktown High School 30%

Program Goals

The goal of our Youth Program is that every young leader in Arlington be able to:

  • Develop leadership skills through a strong curriculum taught by skilled facilitators.

  • Gain an awareness of the need for community service, civic participation and philanthropy.

  • Increase familiarity with areas in Arlington beyond their immediate neighborhood and school.

  • Interact with adult leaders in private, public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Acquire a network of adult and youth leaders in Arlington, forming an excellent basis for their academic and professional successes.

At first, I was suspicious when the adults repeated over and over how much fun the program was going to be, but they were right. I learned a lot about Arlington and what makes it work. There are so many people working behind the scenes who don’t get the credit they deserve, and it was great seeing and learning about the tremendous positive impact they have on the community. I won’t forget the skills, friendships and memories from my time with Leadership Arlington.
Ryan Uckert, Youth Program Class of 2012
I enjoyed participating in the Leadership Arlington Youth Program. Spending time with other student leaders was a great bonding experience. The skills I learned helped me discover my strengths as a leader which benefited me throughout the remainder of my high school experience. I have drawn on those skills in my collegiate career as well. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to grow and learn about their community.
Andrew Bryant, Youth Program Class of 2009
Leadership Arlington’s 2010 Youth Program honed my leadership skills in ways which help me in my college work and community activities. I enjoyed exploring key Arlington sites I hadn’t seen before. Especially interesting was touring the Detention Center and learning more about our county’s criminal justice system from the inside. Another highlight was seeing an Arlington Fire Station up close, increasing my appreciation for the bravery of our County’s public safety team. I enthusiastically recommend Leadership Arlington!
Joey McGeary, Youth Program Class of 2010
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