The Youth Leadership Shelby County Program is a challenging and rewarding experience for all that take part in the program. The program is offered to students entering the 11th grade in Shelby County and is designed to encourage young people to be socially, conscientious leaders of the future by providing them with the experience, vision, and opportunity to lead.

The six month program meets on the first Tuesday of each month. On each class day, students have the opportunity to meet community decision makers and to engage them in frank, off the record discussions on current issues. A wide range of topics exposes participants to the decisions facing our communities today. Emphasis is on active, hands-on experience that makes the learning meaningful and interesting.

There is no cost to participate in the program. The LSC Alumni Association providing funding for the youth program valued at $795.00 per student.


Opening Retreat
Month: November

Objective: To foster team building among Youth Leadership Shelby County class participants and to introduce the Leadership program concepts and processes.

Healthcare Day
Month: December

Objective: To gain knowledge and understanding of what is happening in the healthcare arena and to heighten awareness of preventive strategies for health.

Justice System Day
Month: February

Objective: To gain knowledge and understanding of law enforcement, court system, community corrections and juvenile services.

Government Day
Month: March

Objective: To provide an understanding of the formal and informal processes of non-judicial aspects of state government, ways in which it relates to Shelby County, and ways in which leaders can be effective in the processes.

Education Day
Month: Early April

Objective: To help prepare students in the transition from high school to college and to expose students to college and career opportunities.

Graduation Ceremony
Month: Late April

Graduation ceremony and presentation of group projects.