Youth Leadership Institute

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2 Week Program

Leadership Geauga County’s Youth Leadership Institute provides participants with access to personal strength discovery, career exposure, community leaders, and behind-the-scene tours across all community sectors. This summer program provides area rising high school juniors and seniors an experience to grow as individual leaders in Geauga County.

The Youth Institute Application for Summer 2024 is now closed.


Through the Leadership Geauga Youth Leadership Institute, class members make unique connections in Geauga County, meet people driving community growth, enhance their leadership skills and develop close bonds with other young leaders.

During the Youth Leadership Institute, class members will:

  • Improve interpersonal skills and increase confidence through the completion of the StrengthsQuest activity book, and focused team-based activities.
  • Interact with local business, government, and community leaders, which many times leads to internships or shadowing opportunities.
  • Peek behind the scenes of some of Geauga’s most interesting places and explore parts of the community you have never seen.
  • Understand the importance of diversity and work with students from various ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds.


Students will also complete and go through a guided StrengthsQuest workshop.  We want students to know and apply their unique Strengths to be more thriving and engaged in school and on teams.  This is a highlight of the program for students who report higher levels of confidence from learning how their unique strengths can help them be better students and leaders.  

Participants examine: Human Service offerings, Health and Safety systems, Government interactions, Business types, and Agricultural diversities. This allows for new connections and expanded learning in team settings.

2024 Program Calendar

Each class day runs from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch.

  • Monday, June 17
  • Tuesday, June 18
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Monday, June 24
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • Wednesday, June 26 – Mentorship Day
  • Thursday, June 27 – Graduation

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 or seniors to participate.

Application Process & fees

The cost to participate in the program is $300 and is inclusive of all program materials and supplies.  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.