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Youth Leadership St. Johns

Fostering Leadership in Our Community's Young Men and Women

Youth Leadership St. Johns (YLSJ), a program of Flagler Hospital, is a series of fun and educational program days designed to give high school juniors a hands-on exploration of St. Johns County!

Youth Leadership St. John's logoParticipants of the program learn the importance of teamwork and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader through the two-day opening retreat, and then put those teamwork and leadership skills to use as they discover many new sides of the county over the course of eight program days (like Law Day, Social Services Day, and Business Day). At the end of the program, students will have met a number of key contacts throughout their community, a clear idea of what makes St. Johns County work, and a ton of fun memories from the experience!

The Youth Leadership St. Johns (YLSJ) program was designed by the Leadership St. Johns Class of 2001 and is modeled very closely after the adult program. Alumni of the adult and youth programs work together in shaping the program for future classes to come, providing class participants a chance to develop their leadership skills and gain experience putting them into action.

The Mission of Youth Leadership St. Johns (YLSJ) is to develop a corps of informed, committed and qualified young people capable of providing dynamic leadership in their schools, careers and communities as they mature into adulthood.

Selection of Participants

Students chosen for the program have demonstrated a high standard of character and behavior, an interest in leadership and extra-curricular activities and a desire to learn about and help their community.

Selection for the Youth Leadership St. Johns program is completed in the applicant's sophomore year for participation their junior year. Three students are selected from each of the six St. Johns County High Schools accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), as well as two students from St. Joseph Academy and Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind.

Those interested in applying must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must maintain that average throughout the course of the year. Excused absences will be given for missed school days. If you are a high school sophomore and would like to apply click here for the application.

Contact Jennifer Wills at 904.819.2288 or