Youth Leadership Institute (June 14-24th, 2021)


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:

VIRTUAL(and some in-person outside activities) YOUTH 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.
  • Understand the importance of diversity and work with students from various ethnic, economic and social backgrounds.

2021Institute Calendar:
June 14-June 24, 2021

The 2021 institute has been moved to a virtual experience because of the restrictions on in-person meetings.  If public health guidelines loosen we will resume in person meetings.  This experience will be limited to 15 students to ensure personal attention and interaction.

January 1: Application period opens

May 15- Application period closes

June 1- Applicants notified of acceptance

June 14-24, 2021, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, (8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) – Virtual and in-person Leadership Development and Community Education – These days are a fast-paced combination of behind the scenes tours, meetings with community leaders and virtually visiting local organizations.  A few of the topics include: a mock grand jury presentation with Prosecutor Jim Flaiz, a shadowing experience with a leadership team member from University Hospitals, a “meet up” 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 24Graduation and Closing presentation for parents (4-5 PM)



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.  

During our 6 meetings we will also be virtually “traveling throughout the County.  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.

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 14th – 24th.

Application Process & fees

Applications will be accepted until May 15th.  The Leadership Geauga Board of Trustees will approve the slate of candidates, and the letters of acceptance will go out by June 1.

The cost to participate in the program is $200 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.

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