Young Leaders Institute students participate in day-long, monthly field trips during their sophomore year in high school to local businesses and organizations to learn more about Shelby County, interact with community and business leaders and their peers, and develop the skills needed to become the leaders of the future. Each month their field trip will focus on a different sector of Shelby County such as tourism, healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture – to name a few. Students will meet leaders in those sectors and learn how each area contributes to life in Shelby County. Participants the end of them program, students will have acquired a broad overview of Shelby County. Participation is open to public, private and homeschool students. A group 20 students were selected through a competitive application process that evaluates academic achievement, community service and contributions, understanding of a desire to participate in the program and letters of recommendation.
This year students will be going on field trips learning about the following local topics: history, agriculture, tourism, health and social services, industry, government and justice, education, arts and media and environment. The Young Leaders will have a graduation at the end of the year to help show all their accomplishments with the program and what they have learned.