Junior Leadership Akron

What is Junior Leadership Akron?

Junior Leadership Akron is a non-profit program of Leadership Akron Alumni Association modeled after the Leadership Akron Signature program. The program provides monthly leadership and community exposure to high school juniors from both public and private schools in the greater Akron area.

Through a nine month curriculum of community-based experiences, participants become familiar with current issues, community and natural resources, and other factors influencing Akron's future.

The program is generously funded by the J.M. Smucker Company and FirstMerit Wealth Management Services/The Gertrude Orr Foundation.


Develop Leadership
Increase students' self-confidence by providing opportunities to practice and use leadership skills.

Showcase Community
Broaden and deepen students' connection to community.

Commitment to Service
Planting the seeds of service by encouraging students to serve others in their schools and communities.

When Does the Program Run?

The program begins in September with an overnight retreat where the participants are introduced to the goals of Junior Leadership Akron. The retreat allows students to meet each other and learn how to use their leadership skills to work together. From October through April, the class is involved in a series of interactive, hands-on activities which take place one day each month for 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony in April.

Students are required to attend a mandatory September retreat and are expected at all program days. Two program day absences for any reason will result in removal from Junior Leadership Akron. A leadership book is integrated into the curriculum and students are expected to arrive prepared to discuss assigned readings for that session. There is a tuition fee of $100 per student; scholarships are available.

September 16-17, 2018   Opening Retreat (from Sunday at 12 noon - Monday at 2 p.m.)
October 16, 2018   Government and Education Day
November 13, 2018  Health/Social Services Day
December 11, 2018  History/Culture Day
January 15, 2019  Business/Science/Technology Day
February 12, 2019  Justice Day
March 12, 2019  Environment Day
April 9, 2019  Closing Retreat/Student Reflections
April 28, 2019  Graduation (Sunday afternoon)

Who Participates?

Junior Leadership Akron is open to all juniors who attend public and private schools located in Summit County. Each high school in Summit County is invited to select two students for participation. Each student should:

  • Have attained junior class status by the end of the school year.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Display leadership potential in their school and community.

Interested sophomores should contact their principal or guidance counselor for an application. For more information, call the Leadership Akron office at 330.436.5291.


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