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Chamber seeks to mentor leaders of tomorrow with Leadership 2020 class

Hannah Swayze • Jul 21, 2018 at 11:53 PM

Do you know a high schooler looking to get involved in the community and get some leadership training this upcoming school year?

If you do, direct them to the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce to apply for the Johnson City/Washington County’s 2018-19 Leadership 2020 class.

Every year, the Chamber organizes a leadership class for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors from the area.

The Chamber’s Elisa Britt said the class meets one Saturday a month, and students will learn skills from local professionals to help them become more effective leaders.

“Basically we want to help equip and empower and inspire high school students just to become more engaged and impactful leaders in their schools and community,” Britt said.

Classes in the past have included public speaking and time management.

Britt said that along with the lectures the students will receive, there will also be plenty of time spent outside of the classroom and in the community, looking for ways they can reach out and help.

Throughout the year students will have the chance to not only get out and volunteer in the community, but to work in teams on a service project that they create and direct.

“You can’t be a good leader without being a good citizen,” said Bo Milhorn, a member of the steering committee for the program.

“I think to lead in the community you first have to understand the community itself and the best way to do that is get out and serve it,” Milhorn said.

Scott Jeffress is the director of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at ETSU and is on the steering committee for the program, said that the class is also a good way for students to meet local leaders and maybe find a mentor or a role model.

Jeffress also said that the this year they’re looking to challenge the students and hopefully they will take their learning beyond the class and make an impact.

“The learning is good, but doing something with the learning is better,” said Jeffress.

Applications for the program are now available in both high school guidance offices and at the Chamber of Commerce building and online at http://www.johnsoncitytnchamber.com/youth-leadership-2020. The tuition for the program is $50.

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