Apply now for Jr. Leadership Florence
The Clemson Extension Service and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce are accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Junior Leadership Florence County program through March 31. To apply, students must live or attend school in Florence County and must be classified as a high school sophomore or junior during the 2016-2017 school year.
The program enables students to develop leadership skills while increasing awareness of their local community. Beginning in August, selected participants will attend an opening retreat, followed by seven monthly sessions. Sessions focus on leadership skills, successful team work, healthcare, community awareness, business and industry, agriculture, natural resources, history, art and education.
“The hope is that in learning about what it takes to be a leader and what makes Florence County unique, these young men and women will be empowered to assume leadership positions in their own community as they become available,” said Florence County 4-H Agent, Faith Truesdale. “We are starting the pipeline of smart, talented visionaries that our area needs in order for continued progress and growth.” Up to 24 students will be selected for the prestigious program which is open to any public, private or home-schooled student who meets the residential and grade level requirements listed previously.
“The Junior Leadership program has really been a great way for the Florence Chamber to get more involved with our county’s educational system and meet the future leaders who will be shaping our business community,” said Patricia Burkett, director of marketing and membership relations for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce. “The experience of the program’s inaugural year was a great one that I believe, will lead to lifelong friendships and opportunities for those involved and a much greater understanding of what makes our community function on a day-to-day basis,” she added.
“This program has allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone, meet new people and learn more about what is taking place in our county,” shared Morgan McManus, a current program participant. Applications and information can be found on the program website at www. jrleadershipflorencecounty. com or by contacting high school guidance counselors, the Florence County Extension Office or the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.