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  • The Leadership Winter Park Youth Leaders program is Central Florida's premier leadership program for students entering their junior or senior year in high school.  The program is designed to help students develop new leadership skills and expose them to opportunities for leadership within our community. Two sessions are available each summer.  Session topics include team building, arts and culture in Winter Park, media and communications, law and government and a day for career exploration and mentoring. 

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  • Youth Leaders Safety Guidelines

  • The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce wants to reassure our guests that we are taking every precaution to ensure your safety as we resume some in-person meetings and events.

    We will strictly adhere to all state and county executive orders, including those dictating the number of people allowed to gather at specific events.

    The Chamber’s pledge is to:

    • Provide enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces

    • Require social distancing

    • Make hand sanitizer readily available

    • Stay up to date on health-safety guidelines and executive orders

    Guests will be required to:

    • Have their individual temperature taken by a Chamber staff member upon arrival and, if it is above 100 degrees, the guest will not be permitted into the building.

    • Wear a mask upon entering and leaving the building

    • Bring your own pen

    • Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well

    In addition, upcoming Leadership Winter Park sessions are planned to be held live with adaptations for safety procedures.

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  •  This video highlighting the Youth Leaders Class XVI experience was filmed, edited and produced by student participants. 


    Kudos from Recent Graduates

    "This week was the highlight of my summer. I am so glad that I did this program, and thank you so much for letting me have this life-changing opportunity. When I first came on Monday, I was not expecting to make such good friends who I am sure I will keep in touch for the rest of my life. I learned a lot about the community that I did not know before and developed as a leader." - Class XVI Graduate


    "I came in not knowing what to expect, but my mom wasn't forcing me or anything. I learned about a lot of different careers, and came out more well-rounded and confident person. I would definitely recommend this for someone who doesn't want to commit to an intensive college program over the summer but still wants to learn." - Class XIX Graduate


    "I came out of my shell and learned a lot about Winter Park and how to be a leader.  I met so many new people and found ways to get involved." - Class XI Graduate


    "I did not know a single person the first day of the program but left it with great friends and memories. I will use the knowledge and skills I learned over the course of the week in my life to the fullest advantage. Youth Leaders was an amazing opportunity that I was happy to be a part of." - Class XV Graduate

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  • Youth Leaders Class

    Year after year Youth Leaders receives acclaim from its graduates, parents, teachers and community leaders.  Now in its 21st year, Youth Leaders will offer two sessions this summer. Over the course of five days, students will learn about a variety of leadership styles, community organizations and career opportunities.  Participants also interact with community leaders, local elected officials and local non-profit organizations.


    Monday through Thursday sessions run approximately from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, runs 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

    Twenty-five community service hours are awarded upon graduation of the program. Check with your school's guidance counselor to determine how these hours will be applied and if the full twenty-five hours will be accepted.


    Session Dates: June 21-25 or July 19-23

    Tuition: Tuition is $300 and is payable upon acceptance into the program. Need-based scholarships and payment plans available upon request. 

    Applications: Applications for Summer 2021 are closed.

    Questions? Students should contact Minette Marcial at mmarcial@winterpark.org


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  • Are you a Youth Leaders graduate and want to volunteer this coming summer? Click the button below.

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