Youth Leadership Institute (June 14-24, 2020)


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 summer leadership institute 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:

Institute Overview

Through the Leadership Geauga Youth Leadership Institute, 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 Leadership Institute, you will:

  • Improve your interpersonal skills and increase your confidence through 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.
  • Complete a 10 hour shadowing and leadership internship with a Leadership Geauga Adult Alumni.
  • Understand the importance of diversity and work with students from various ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.

2020 Institute Calendar:

January 1: Application period opens

May 1- Candidates will be notified of acceptance

May 13- Parent and student information presentation (6:30-7:30 PM)

June 14-15- Overnight Retreat (1 PM on the 14th through 4 PM on the 15)

June 16-19- On the road days (7:30 AM- 4 PM)– These days are a fast-paced combination of behind the scenes tours, meetings with community leaders and visiting local organizations.  A few of the topics include: a mock grand jury presentation with Prosecutor Jim Flaiz, a half day shadowing experience with a leadership team member from University Hospitals, lunch with local elected government officials, and a behind the scenes tour of the Safety Center including Q&A with Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand.  This is nothing like a traditional “class room” experience.   

June 22- Internship readiness &professional communication workshop (8 AM- Noon).

June 22- Orientation at Internship site (2-4 PM)– Host sites have included: Kinetico Inc., The Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office, Hagan Street Rods, the Middlefield Banking Company, Ravenwood Health, I’Bold & O’Brien, Payne &  Payne builders and many more locally owned and/or operated businesses.

June 23- Internship experience (9 AM – 5 PM) – Spend the day with one of our Adult Program Alumni learning about their work, exploring their organization and learning about the skills and abilities that make them a leader at home and in the workplace.

June 24- Leadership Learning Defense (1-4 PM)

June 24- Closing reception with parents (4-5 PM)


This program includes: a parent information session, overnight retreat, 4 program days traveling throughout the County, a job readiness institute, 10 hour shadowing experience and closing graduation.  Participants examine: Human Service offerings, Health and Safety systems, Government interactions, Business types, and Agriculture diversities. To support the leadership development of our participants during the school year, the cohort will plan and execute a service project,  plan a day for our adult participants and attend a retreat in conjunction with Leadership Lake County.  This allows for new connections and expanded learning in team settings.

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.  

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 or seniors to participate.  The summer institute runs June 14-24 with additional learning opportunities that will take place during the school year.

Application Process & fees

Applications are accepted January 1- April 17.  The Leadership Geauga Board of Trustees will approve the slate of candidates, and the letters of acceptance will go out by May 1.

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