Leadership Geauga County’s leadership experience provides participants with access to community leaders, hot-topic discussions, behind-the-scene site tours, and interactive panel interviews across all community sectors. This annual 10-month signature adult program emphasizes leadership development, learning through experience and provides in-depth knowledge, tools and the network to lead stronger organizations and better serve the community.

Thank you to our youth program sponsor:


Through the Youth Program, you’ll make unique connections in Geauga County, meet people driving community growth, enhance your leadership skills and develop close bonds with other young leaders.

During The Youth Program, you will:

  • Improve your interpersonal skills through focused, team-based activities and a group service project.
  • Understand the importance of diversity and work with students from various ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.
  • Interact with local business, government and community leaders.
  • Peek behind the scenes of some of Geauga’s most interesting places.
  • These experiences have a lasting impact on young leaders and serve as stepping stones for their school careers and later success.



In addition to an orientation, overnight retreat, leadership summit, mid-year retreat, and closing graduation, the program includes six days traveling throughout the County, experiencing Geauga County’s major community influencers.  Participants examine: Human Service offerings, Health and Safety systems, Government interactions, Business types, and Agriculture diversities. To support the leadership development of our participants, the cohort will plan and execute a service project and plan a day for our adult participants.  This allows for new connections and expanded learning in team settings.

Leadership Geauga County’s program develops the following competencies:

  • Effective Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Active Citizenship
  • Accountability
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Emotional Intelligence

Program Criteria

Class participants attend from every school in the community and must either live or attend school in Geauga County.  Students need to apply as rising juniors and participate during their junior year.

Application Process & fees

Applications are accepted through August 1st, prior to the beginning of the program year.  The Leadership Geauga Board of Trustees will approve the slate of candidates, and the letters of acceptance will go out in early September. 

The cost to participate in the program is $400 and is inclusive of all meals, lodging, transportation and program materials.  LGC has a limited number of scholarships to award to those candidates who have a demonstrated need.

A note on scholarships:

In cases where the full cost of tuition is a burden for the individual, a limited number of scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, simply fill out the scholarship request, in as much detail as possible, in the application.

What Our Graduates Had to Say


I experienced valuable personal development.


I will be a better leader/team member


I built stronger connections in the community


I plan to be involved in the community in a new or different way