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Learning to Lead

Learning 2 Lead

Learning to Lead, Clinton County (L2L) is a program designed to develop the leadership skills of sophomores in Clinton County so they may confidently become leaders of tomorrow. The L2L program focuses on:


  -Understanding of Others

  - Teamwork

  -Community awareness and responsibility

  -Leadership skills

Beginning with a weekend retreat and followed by experiential and highly interactive workshops, participants learn ways a diverse group of people, working together rather than individually, can positively influence their community.

The program begins in July with an overnight retreat. The class meets monthly from September through April to learn about leadership skills and community issues such Community Service, Leadership Skills, Emergency Management, Government, Issues of Poverty, and Community Diversity. Throughout the program, students interact with local and state leaders. Through this program participants gain a deeper understanding of the significance of networking and make important contacts for their future. As they confront timely issues, L2L students also learn to conduct meetings, resolve conflicts, and explore poverty and diversity. Leaders who are people of influence in the county share with students the importance of community involvement and service.

To graduate from Learning to Lead, a student shall attend all the programs including orientation, an overnight retreat, eight monthly program days (excused from school classes), a closing session and graduation. One excused absence is allowable. Attending the overnight retreat is required to participate in the program. A $75 commitment fee is requested upon acceptance into the Learning to Lead program. Learning to Lead will not turn away any accepted student based on the ability to pay.

Selection Criteria

Acceptance into Learning to Lead is a competitive process. Students are selected based on their current school and community roles, any work experience and responses to essay questions on the application.

  • Students may be nominated by high school counselors, teachers, or administrators or a student may submit an application on their own.
  • Students must be incoming sophomores to participate.
  • Students must attend school in Clinton County
  • Students should demonstrate qualities as potential leaders:  academic achievements and responsibilities, school activities, extracurricular activities and after-school job experience will be considered during the selection process.
  • Students must submit a written application and school guidance counselors must certify that the student may miss school without compromising grades.
  • Candidates will be asked to participate in an interview with the school coordinator and one other member of the Learning to Lead Advisory Board.

For more information, feel free to contact:

Nancy Elsea, Coordinator

Purdue Extension, Clinton County

1111 S. Jackson St., Frankfort, IN 46041

Office:  765-659-6380

Cell:  765-242-0543

Email:  [email protected]

Applications will be available during the program information meetings at each school in the spring and from your school Guidance office.