Friday, Jan. 12, is the deadline for application for the 2018 Junior Leadership Program, according to an announcement by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.
All 10th grade students who live in Oxford and Lafayette County are encouraged to apply.
Junior Leadership is designed to help high school students develop the essential leadership skills to be successful in the future. Over 450 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 1998.
The sessions introduce students to team-building techniques and goal-setting strategies and are required to complete a community project prior to graduation.
Through dynamic community speakers and onsite tours of local facilities, such as Baptist Memorial Hospital, Oxford City Hall, Ethridge Building and various facilities at the University of Mississippi, the students get a unique view of what goes on in their community.
“Through these sessions, they see the variety of professions and services offered here in Oxford,” said Junior Leadership Chair Lolita Gregory. “Going through this course may give them a better understanding of various jobs and help in making career decisions.”
The participants will work together in a program that combines nine group sessions with actual community projects that require them to use and develop leadership skills. Training sessions include leadership, team building, medicine, education, legal field and law enforcement, government, career development, and the arts, among other topics.
In each session, students get an opportunity to meet top government officials, university professionals, medical specialists and local business leaders. The program runs from late January through mid-April and meets on Monday afternoons after school from 4:15-6:15 p.m.
The program is restricted to 10th-grade students from within Oxford and Lafayette County. Acceptance is based on completion of the required forms and documents by the deadline of Jan. 12 and the payment of $50 tuition fee. The class is limited to 25 participants. Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to their potential for leadership, would contribute to the overall diversity and strength of the class and have available time to commit to the program.
Notification of acceptance into the program will be made by phone on or before Jan. 17. Orientation will be held on Jan. 22, and the program will conclude with a graduation ceremony on April 10.
Junior Leadership is sponsored by Your Extra Closet, Oxford’s clean, safe and simple choice for self-storage.
Applications and a full schedule of sessions are available in the school counselor’s offices and online at www.oxfordms.com or can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce at 299 Jackson Avenue West. For questions and further information, contact Pam Swain, Senior Vice President, at email@example.com or at the Chamber office at 662-234-4651.
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