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Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Leadership Pinellas

I would like to recommend this program to 4-H members that meet the requirements stated below. I participated in the adult Leadership Program in 2002 and learned so much about my community and how I could make a difference. The Youth Leadership Pinellas program, sponsored by Leadership Pinellas and the YMCA of the Suncoast, is accepting applications for the Class of 2008-2009 through October 6, 2008. The program seeks to provide information on community resources and issues, develop an excellence in leadership, build teamwork skills and foster involvement in community services for a diverse group of 10th and 11th grade high school students.

Youth Leadership Pinellas is a seven-month program, operating from November through May. Participants meet for five full-day sessions, plus an orientation retreat and graduation event.

Dialogue is created between established and potential leaders of diverse backgrounds, including business and professional individuals, plus leaders of government, education and other fields. A wide range of topics exposes the youths to the decisions facing their community today. Emphasis is on active, hands-on experience that makes the learning meaningful and interesting.

To be eligible for the program, students must attend an accredited high school in the Tampa Bay area, demonstrate leadership or be emerging leaders in school or community activities, have an interest in addressing issues in their community, be academically sound (a B average or better is recommended), be eager to learn and have strong team spirit and be willing to follow the School Code of Conduct and policy set forth by Youth Leadership Pinellas.

For more information about Youth Leadership Pinellas, or to request a program brochure and application, contact Stephanie Zaragoza at the YMCA of the Suncoast, (727) 467-9622, or Leadership Pinellas, (727) 585-8889.

The application dates for YLP are the following:
Application deadline – Monday, October 6th
Interviews – The Week of October 20th (exact days and times dependent on number of applications received)
Orientation – Sunday, November 2nd