Youth Leadership is sponsored by: The Gap, Inc.

Supporting sponsor: IBM

Host location sponsor: Poughkeepsie Public Library District Boardman Road Branch

Applications for 2017-2018 are currently open for only students entering 10th grade, September 2017 for the Track 1 Program! Preference is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download the application below. Deadline is June 30, 2017.

Track Two (for those students entering 11th grade in September 2017) is currently full.

Download the Application HERE.



Youth Leadership students smile after completing the high ropes course at Sharpe Reservation.

Youth Leadership is an innovative, leadership development program designed to develop 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 industry.

For the first year, sophomores will participate in Junior Achievement working on the formation of their own classroom based company including stock sales, product selection, and sales and marketing techniques.  During the second year, as juniors, students will participate in college/real world preparation sessions about résumé writing, interview skills, college applications, paying for college and finance education.

Each Youth Leadership session will also feature a prominent community leader who will host an interactive lesson on various topics including leadership, well-being and community awareness.  Sophomores and juniors will participate in this part of the session together.

To help reinforce the lessons being taught, sophomores will complete eight hours of community service and juniors will complete a twenty hour business internship.  Internship placements are based on each student’s potential field of interest.

Students will emerge from this dynamic program more confident and well-rounded with improved leadership skills and a better understanding of themselves and their community.

By the end of the program, participants will achieve more self confidence and develop skills and attitudes needed for success in college and life. The program also encourages the development of organizational and problem solving skills.

Youth Leadership is a collaborative effort with area school districts and includes the local community, business leaders and Foundation staff. Youth Leadership is open to any student from any school or district within Dutchess County.

 For more information or questions about being a part of the program, contact Nick Shannon at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026

Read about this and other programs in The Bottom Line newsletter (monthly on Page 14)!