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To develop leadership and communication skills, reduce achievement gap, increase graduation rates and provide a broad perspective of the community.


  • Present in-depth programs that acquaint participants with community needs, opportunities, problems, resources, and infrastructure.
  • Encourage understanding and acceptance of civic responsibilities and leadership roles.
  • Encourage student participants to share their YLAC experiences with schoolmates.
  • Foster leadership skills and to teach youth of about the community in which they live.
  • Encourage students to become more involved and remain or return to Anderson County following their education.
  • Familiarize the students with leadership roles available to them and to assist in assuming leadership roles.
  • Reduce achievement gap for marginal students.
  • Increase volunteerism and community involvement.



24 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors attending Clinton and Anderson County High Schools.

Program Commitment:

The program will require students to attend sessions outside the classroom *one day per month during the school year. Session hours are 8:30 AM to 3:30 p.m.
*A field trip to the State Capitol in Nashville.

Selection Process and Criteria

A selection committee, affiliated with Youth Leadership Anderson County Advisory Board, and the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, will review applications and select participants. Participants will be selected through responses to the application questionnaire. The selected candidates will be notified (by mail) of acceptance into the program.


  • ***Participants will be charged a $80 fee to insure their commitment to the program. Scholarships granted by written request and signed by the parent to the Anderson County Chamber. All requests will be kept confidential.
  • Business and organization sponsors: Individual and Corporate Sponsors will provide the needed funds for each scheduled activity during the year.

***Participants should have a monetary commitment to the program as well as a personal commitment.

Participant Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be in academic standing and have no attendance or disciplinary problems in school.
  • Students with good character who exhibit a potential for leadership and interest in the growth and improvement of our community are encouraged to apply.
  • School counselors, teachers, principals and parents must approve all applications prior to submittal to the selection committee.
  • Applications must be submitted by established deadline.


How to Apply:

  • Public school students obtain applications from school counselors at each high school. Applications must be submitted to School Counselor.
  • Applications must be submitted to Chamber of Commerce “Youth Leadership Anderson County” Coordinator.

2020-2021 YLAC Program Days for Students TBD

Advisory Board – Advisory Board

  • The Youth Leadership Anderson County Project is controlled by a board of directors consisting of one representative from the Leadership Anderson County Board.
  • Board membership consists of 11 former Leadership alumni and two alumni from the Youth Leadership Anderson County each year.
  • The board will serve in two and three year terms. Each member will serve on a rotation as Advisory Board member at large, Advisory Board Chair Elect, Advisory Board Chair and Advisory Past Board Chair.
  • The Youth Leadership Advisory Board will meet once a month. Meetings will be open to sponsors, parents of participants and past and present Leadership participants in Adult and Future Leadership alumni.





Secretary: Margaret Durgin,Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County Tennessee, Inc.

Regina Copeland, Anderson County Trustee
Chris Enix, Anderson County Schools
Tony Freyre, Pharma Packaging Solutions
Amy Huckaby, Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Debbie Mann, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Rob Temple, Peoples Bank of the South
Kristin Waldschlager, CNS Y-12
Rodney Mann, Anderson County Schools


Becky Campbell, Anderson County High School
Maria VanAudenhove, Clinton High School
Dr. Tim Parrott, Anderson County Schools
Jared Forgety, Anderson County Chamber of Commerce

Individual and Corporate Sponsors will provide the needed funds for each scheduled activity during the year.

Sponsors will receive recognition in following ways:

  • All media coverage – area newspapers – local radio, etc.
  • Youth Leadership publications and activities (Organization w/logo)
  • Brochures and Applications
  • Monthly Schedule
  • Enrollment Activities
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Chamber Communications
  • Articles in The Chamber News (distributed in 5,500 copies of The Courier News)
  • Chamber website calendar of events
  • Chamber Electronic Calendar of Events