LEXINGTON, Ky. — Since 2004, Commerce Lexington Inc. has managed the Leadership Lexington Youth Program for Fayette County high school juniors enrolled in public, private, parochial, Montessori, and home schools. Starting with the upcoming application period for the 2020-21 class, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass will take over management of the Leadership Lexington Youth Program.
The mission of the program is to prepare students for leadership through education and hands-on interaction, touching upon issues and resources pertaining to our community. Participants attend a variety of day sessions focused on topics like the arts, government and public safety, higher education, health and human services, and more.
Commerce Lexington Inc. Leadership Development Director, Amy Stout, said, “With our Leadership Development Division’s goals and objectives evolving to enable us to better serve emerging leaders in our community, we felt that Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass was best equipped to manage the youth program going forward. JA of the Bluegrass is a very recognizable program in local schools already, as they work to prepare students for future success.”
Lynn Hudgins, president of Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, said, “Since 1963, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass programs and volunteers have inspired young people (K-12) to own their economic future while preparing them to succeed in a global economy. As Junior Achievement works each day to help strengthen tomorrow’s workforce, the Leadership Lexington Youth Program is a perfect addition to our other high school programs and classroom curricula. Our board and staff are excited about this opportunity.”
Commerce Lexington staff have been working with the Junior Achievement staff and board during this transition period, and the members of the current Steering Committee are staying involved in selection of the class members and planning the day sessions.
Applications for the 2020-21 Leadership Lexington Youth program will be available in March.