Junior Leadership Akron

Junior Leadership Akron is modeled after the Leadership Akron Signature Program and provides community awareness and leadership skills for high school juniors throughout Summit County. 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. Junior Leadership Akron will:


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


Broaden and deepen students' connection to community.


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

build relationships

Allow students to meet other individuals they would never otherwise meet during their highschool experience.

The program is generously funded by The J.M. Smucker Company. 

2020-2021 Program Dates

Opening Retreat
Sunday, Sept. 20 and Monday, Sept. 21 
(exact times TBD)

Akron Outdoors & the Environment
Wednesday, October 7
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Health & Well-being
Wednesday, November 4
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

The Arts & Cultures of Akron
Wednesday, December 9
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Business & Innovation
Wednesday, January 13
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

The Justice System
Wednesday, February 10
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Government & Civic Leadership
Wednesday, March 10
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Making a Difference thru Philanthropy
Wednesday, April 14
7:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 25
12:00–2:00 p.m.

Kelley Behrens, Junior Leadership Akron Facilitator

Kelley Behrens, Junior Leadership Akron Facilitator

*The program begins in September with a mandatory overnight retreat. Students are required to attend the overnight retreat to complete the program.


Each high school in Summit County (both public and private) is invited to select two students for participation each year. To meet the requirements for Junior Leadership Akron, each student should:

  • Have attained junior class status by the end of the school year
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5

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

Tuition for Junior Leadership Akron is $150 per student.