Youth Leadership Polk - Inspiring Young LEADers 

Youth Leadership Polk completed its third pilot year in the summer of 2019. The program is made possible through a collaborative partnership between Polk Vision and Girls Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow; Girls Inc. of Winter Haven; and Boys & Girls Club of Polk County. 

Designed as a youth engagement program, the experience is intended to instill students with a sense of belonging, support social and emotional development, explore potential careers, and expand their knowledge of Polk County.

Youth Leadership Polk Class III was comprised of 8th through 12th grade students convened in day-long sessions, once a week for seven weeks.   Students learned components of environmental responsibility, government and public policy, history and culture, community health, and public safety while expanding their academic knowledge.

Members of the Leadership Polk Alumni Association and other dedicated business leaders from across the county volunteered as guest speakers, hosts and instructors.  This year’s curriculum was expanded to include Junior Achievement instruction modules covering financial literacy in preparation for a visit to Finance Park in Tampa.