Youth Leadership Program

The County received 43 applications from high school Juniors and Seniors, representing six area schools, to participate in our Youth Leadership Program.  To have a successful program, the committee decided it could only accept 20 students.  We were overwhelmed by the caliber of the applications, and the final decision on who to accept was very difficult.    

The participants for the inaugural class are:

First Name

Last Name

Grade

School

Corey

Bridgeman

Senior

Clay

Anthony

Coussens

Senior

St. Joseph

D'Yonna

Dawning

Senior

St. Joseph

Michael

Dukes

Senior

Clay

Marcus

Dunlap

Senior

St. Joseph

Jovanna

Green

Senior

Clay

Karlee

Harris

Junior

St. Joseph

Kennedy

Kanouse

Junior

St. Joseph

Conor

Kingston

Junior

Riley

Sean

Kirkpatrick

Junior

Riley

Jessica

Mejia-Abrajan

Junior

St. Joseph

Elizabeth

Mellor

Senior

Adams

Jax

Ohda

Senior

Mishawaka

Jweetu

Pangoni

Senior

Clay

Tatiana

Shaffer

Junior

Penn

Nathan

Spencer

Junior

Mishawaka

Jathen

Spicer

Senior

Riley

Rory

Sullivan

Senior

Clay

Morgan

Van Damme

Senior

Mishawaka

Anna

Vasta

Junior

St. Joseph


This program is open to St. Joseph County residents who are Juniors or Seniors in high school.  

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future" - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Mission

To support our youth by helping them to develop the skills and attitudes they need to take part in government now and in the future.

Vision

To improve St. Joseph County for both current and future generations by connecting the local youth and the local government. 

Goals

  • Understand local government
  • Build relationships
  • Explore job options through career and leadership training

Service

Participants would be required to participate in at least two community service projects that benefit the citizens of St. Joseph County and teach the importance of civic engagement. A list of approved projects will be handed out at the first meeting in October. These projects will include:

  • Courts/Voter Registration – Assist in Elections
  • Circuit Court – Court Experience
  • Sheriff – Dare Haunted Hayride, Shop with a Cop, Explorer Post, Dare night at Skyzone
  • Archives – Look up family history
  • Portage Manor - Christmas Gift Program
  • Parks/Soil and Water/ Purdue Extension- Rain Garden Installation, Invasive Species Removal, River Clean Up
  • Health/Parks – Passport to Play
  • Parks – Sugar Camp Days
  • CASA – Christmas Toy Drive
  • Create your own service opportunity

Attendance

Participants would be required to attend at least five out of the seven scheduled meetings in addition to participating in at least two service projects as well as attend one Commissioner meeting and one Council meeting.