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 2018/2019 inaugural class are:

Participant Name
Grade
School
Bridgeman, Corey
Senior
Clay
Coussens, Anthony
Senior
St. Joseph
Dawnin, D'Yonna
Senior
St. Joseph
Dukes, Michael
Senior
Clay
Dunlap, Marcus
Senior
St. Joseph
Green, Jovana
Senior
Clay
Harris, Karlee
Junior
St. Joseph
Kanouse, Kennedy
Junior
St. Joseph
Kingston, Conor
Junior
Riley
Kirkpatrick, Sean
Junior
Riley
Participant Name
Grade
School
Mejia-Abrajan, Jessica
Senior
St. Joseph

Mellor, Elizabeth
Senior
Clay
Ohda, Jax
Senior
Mishawaka
Pangoni, Jweetu
Senior
Clay
Shaffer, Tatiana
Junior
Penn
Spencer, Nathan
Junior
Mishawaka
Spicer, Jathen
Senior
Riley
Sullivan, Rory
Senior
Clay
Van Damme, Morgan
Senior
Mishawaka
Vasta, Anna
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.