The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Flagler program rolled out its Youth Leadership Flagler in September 2013. Thanks to the efforts of local sponsors, the Chamber and the Young Professionals Group of Flagler County kicked off the program with ten high school juniors who wanted to learn about their community while becoming stewards of it. Modeled after Leadership Flagler, a program that develops aspiring leaders of Flagler County, the youth program provides participating students with a better understanding of Flagler County for community-improvement purposes.
Youth Leadership Flagler is chaired by John Birney, a board member of the Young Professionals Group. Now in its fifth year, the 2017-18 Youth Leadership starts its journey each fall with 15 students.
TUITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS
If selected, the cost per participant is $25. This fee is non refundable. Scholarship Information is available upon request. For more information, please contact the Flagler County Chamber at 386-437-0106.
Youth Leadership Flagler sessions are held one day a month from September to April.
PROGRAM CALENDAR SCHEDULE
Opening Retreat at Camp Winona YMCA - September
The first session encourages team building, class participation, cooperation and learning through group exercises, explanation and completion of the DISC assessment, and a guided discussion about what makes a good leader. Select chamber members will be asked to join the session to share examples from their own experiences as business leaders.
Culture & Tourism Day - October
YLF participants will get to enjoy a closer look at the Flagler Arts industry. The itinerary will continue to Hammock Beach Resort and Marineland Dolphin Adventure to see why thousands of visitors come back every year to enjoy Flagler County and what it has to offer.
Healthcare Industry - November
Agriculture & History - December
Government & Criminal Justice - January
YLF participants will see how local businesses and government entities use technology to improve operating efficiencies, while on a “behind the scenes” guided tour of the Government Services Building & Flagler County Courthouse. The students will have an opportunity to interact with local elected officials, including the mayors of Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach.
Natural Resources Day - February
YLF participants will tour the water plant & local “green” facilities to gain an appreciation of local efforts to become one of the most environmentally friendly and green communities in Florida. Additionally, this session will explore how this eco-friendly movement will help drive future economic growth and development.
Emergency Services Day - March
The Arts - April
Graduation of the fourth class of YLF - May 2018
“The idea of youth learning about the local community where they are raised aligns with the Chamber’s efforts to build a stronger business community for the future. If students know more about their community, then they become empowered and inspired to come back here to do great things,” said sponsor John “JB” Birney, owner of JBirney Financial.
If you are interested in sponsoring the program, please contact Heather Edwards at 386-206-0952.