Adult, youth leadership programming applications open 

The Chamber Foundation, Inc.—the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—is now accepting applications for its adult and youth leadership and mentorship programming as part of its ongoing mission to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills, and foster a commitment to community service.

To apply for any of the programs available or for more information, visit

The Career Achievement Mentorship Program is a yearlong program designed to provide a fulfilling mentor relationship, connecting experienced professionals with aspiring talent at any stage of his or her career development for a supportive, one-on-one relationship. Each pair must be able to meet at least once a month, plus dedicate time throughout the month to focus on achieving goals. The deadline to apply for either mentees or mentors is March 1, 2017.

Do you want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within your organization and/or community? Are you ready to uncover, deepen and build upon your natural strengths as a leader, but need support in exploring the challenges of effective leadership? If you answered yes to any of these questions, submit an application for The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess program. The program has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within the community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2017.

Lastly, incoming high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for the Youth Leadership program, an innovative, leadership development program designed to grow the academic, social and life skills of area youth. Students will have opportunities for substantive interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education, and professionals from local industries. For the first year, sophomores participate in Junior Achievement working on the formation of a student-run company including stock sales, product selection, and sales and marketing techniques. During the second year, juniors participate in college/real world preparation sessions about résumé writing, interview skills, college applications, and finance education including a 20-hour business internship. The deadline to apply is June 2, 2017.