northeast polk Area Youth Leadership
The Chamber's 2021-2022 Youth Leadership began in October 2021!
Student Sponsors enable the Chamber to present a quality leadership experience at no cost to the students.
In return for your generosity, a link to your website will be placed here in the newsletter and on the front page and the leadership page of the Chamber’s website along with recognition of your sponsorship. The link will remain on our website through September 2022. Call the Chamber at 863-422-3751 to sponsor a student or for more information.
The Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program educates eleventh grade students about the various components that make up a healthy community. Monthly during the school year the students participate in a Leadership Experience, when they meet and interview key business and community leaders about careers in areas of Education, Business & Industry, the Judicial System, Government, Media and Culture & the Arts.
The Youth Leadership Program participants attend five day-long leadership experiences, each focusing on a particular aspect of community life. A two-day, one-night stay in Tallahassee culminates the leadership experience. Graduation is held in April at the Chamber's Education Celebration Luncheon which also honors our local schools' nominees for Teacher and Student Related Employees of the Year. Students, parents, school representatives, Northeast Polk Chamber of Commerce representatives and other sponsoring organizations participate in orientation and graduation activities.
A Special THANK YOU to the 2022 program's co-chairs Travis Keyes and Stacy Stokes, both of SouthState Bank, for making the program such a success!
Thank You to our 2021-2022 Youth Leadership Student Sponsors that are already on board!
A Special Thank You to:
The City of Haines City, & CEMEX - Youth Leadership Program Sponsors and to Jarrett-Gordon Ford, Transportation Sponsor of the Chamber's Youth Leadership Program.
*Not actual van used for trips. :)
Thank You to the 2019-2020
Youth Leadership Student Sponsors
Thank You to our 2019-2020 Youth Leadership Student Sponsors
A Special Thank You to:
The Chamber's Annual Youth Leadership Program Graduation was held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the beautiful Lake Eva Event Center.
Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates:
Crystal Alcalde, Zharia Allums, Aryana Bultron,
Nehemiah Charles, Karly Edwards, Marcus Medina,
Lluzbeira “Beta” Moran, Arlene Navedo, Keon Nelson,
Kayla Sinibaldi, Sara Tahri, Hailey Terrell
A special THANK YOU to our Youth Leadership Co-Chairs,
Dr. Tim James, New Direction Academy &
Stacy Stokes, CenterState Bank.
Thank You To Our 2017-2018 Sponsors