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Our Mission & Goal

The Lead UC Youth Program, will empower teens to become confident leaders through various acts of service and by increasing community awareness while encouraging them to help create a more enjoyable community.

Nominations must be received by March 18th to be eligible for next year's class.


Applications must be received by April 15th to be eligible for next year's class.

Student Benefits
  • Improve personal leadership skills.

  • Expand social networks to new community members.

  • Increase awareness of the opportunities the community offers.

  • Increase their understanding of techniques used to develop positive school and community climate.

  • Practice written and oral communication skills.

School Benefits
  • Develop a process for peer-to-peer learning.

  • Increase understanding of the concepts of conflict resolutions.

  • Develop strong student and community linkages.

  • Improve student motivation in academic endeavors.

  • Complement the Iowa Core Curriculum and 21st Century Skills.

Community Benefits
  • Create a corps of informed student leaders.

  • Build positive collaboration for community and school development.

  • Engage students in community issues and provide grassroots input.

  • Get an early start on developing the next generation of community leaders.

Tyler Loudon

class of 2019

"This was a very good program with helpful people that teach you very important lessons."

  • Empower teens to make positive choices.

  • Engage youth to be involved in community service projects.

  • Expose youth to the wide array of community and business opportunities in Union County.

  • Encourage youth to become active participants and lead change for their community.

Application Tutorial

In addition to the regular class sessions, class members are expected to participate in assigned outside discussions and activities. Due to size restrictions of each year’s class, it is possible qualified applicants will not be selected for the class. Applicants are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.


Basic Selection Criteria:

  • Interest in developing leadership potential or show demonstrated leadership potential.

  • Diversity is one of the essential characteristics in a learning experience in which participants learn from one another. To achieve that goal, we seek a group that reflects diverse backgrounds and/or experiences.

  • Must be in good academic standing and have no attendance or major disciplinary problems in school.

  • School counselors, teachers, and/or administrative staff and parents must approve of students’ participation.

Lead UC Youth

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