Youth Leadership Eau Claire (YLEC) is a program that gives area high school students a chance to enhance their knowledge and develop leadership skills that will empower and motivate them to become involved and committed to their community. Students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Virtual School, Regis or Wildlands Charter school are eligible to apply. This program is in partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District.
Applications are accepted in the spring of each year and due by the first week in April.
How the Program Works
Participants attend a two-day opening retreat and eight one-day sessions over a nine-month period.
In addition to an opening retreat in the summer, YLEC hosts eight one-day sessions are held once a month on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No session is held in January. Each session offers a hands-on experience and a unique opportunity to interact with different industries & community leaders. The class will participate in an activity and discussion focusing on a variety of leadership principles. In addition, students will be exposed to different career opportunities.Participants are required to provide their own transportation to the Chamber office or other designated meeting place.
Participants are required to attend all program days. Attendance will be taken and reported back to the high schools. The superintendents of the participating schools have approved all program session days as excused school absences.
For more information on Youth Leadership Eau Claire, please contact Casey Schumacher, Young Professionals & Educational Director.
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