Martin Youth LEADERship program began in 1995 as a LEADERship Martin County Alumni
project known as “Students on the Line” to promote leadership development.
The make-up of the group was, and still is, a well-rounded cross section of young
people that includes students who are academically average or below average with
little involvement in school or community activities-- yet who show the potential
to improve with some guidance. The “Students on the Line” project
has evolved into Martin Youth LEADERship (MYL).
The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high school
sophomores and juniors throughout Martin County to develop and enhance their
leadership skills. Students must apply and approximately 35 are selected to participate
in this comprehensive nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin
County. Upon completion, these Leaders have learned about their community including
history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment.
Class members are given a rare opportunity to reach their highest leadership
potential through sessions focusing on Covey’s Effective Habits and other
leadership enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially,
gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.
of the key objectives of the MYL program are to identify and nurture young leaders,
promote their awareness and involvement as community citizens, and offer programs
that will allow interaction with community leaders and decision makers. Big
goals, to be sure, but ones that are consistently met with each class.
Students are chosen based on criteria including a desire to reach their full
leadership potential, an interest in exploring the numerous aspects of Martin
County, agreeing to participate in day-long scheduled sessions, and recognizing
the need for continued leadership involvement in school and community following
completion of the program. All this in addition to completing an application,
providing teacher and community recommendations, and maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point
average. Truly an astounding group of students!
Attending one of the graduation ceremonies lets you see first hand what these
students walk away with at the end of the program: feelings of pride and accomplishment,
a better awareness and connection to their community, and a motivation and drive,
knowing they can truly effect change. And they did it while also having fun,
being creative, and developing a special camaraderie with their fellow students.
accomplishments of these students do not happen by luck or accident. It takes
the drive, dedication and commitment of the adult LEADERS, who help build and
maintain the program. Martin Youth LEADERership is always seeking volunteers to assist with this distinguished program. For more information, email Martin Youth LEADERship at firstname.lastname@example.org.