The Leadership Center for Excellence (LCE) Summer Youth Fellows Program draws on the Center’s deep knowledge and expertise in leadership development, civic engagement, and community building to connect a cohort of young citizens and empower them with the inspiration and tools to develop their leadership skills and make a difference in their community.


The Summer of 2021 Cohorts will be virtual to ensure the health and safety of our
students and faculty.

Rising 9th and 10th Grade Students:

Monday, July 19th – Friday, July 23, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Rising 11th and 12th Grade Students:

Monday, July 19th – Friday, July 23, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The LCE Summer Youth Fellows Program brings together a diverse group of
Arlington students for a week-long, immersive summer experience. The journey
exposes each cohort to a community challenge and through skill-building, exposure to community leaders, and facilitated group dynamic guidance, offers students the chance to develop their individual leadership style and use their voice to create a lasting impact on our community.
Participants in the program will receive a personalized letter of recommendation
from LCE’s Acting President and CEO upon successful completion of the Youth
Fellows Program.
Leadership Center for Excellence encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of financial status. Scholarships are based on the available funds for distribution. Scholarship requests must be received when the student submits the Youth Fellows Application.


Applications are due by noon Friday, June 11th. Seats to the 2021 Summer Youth Fellows Program will be extended the week of June 14th.

In order to help prospective applicants gain an understanding of Leadership Arlington Youth Program and to answer any questions applicants might have, please contact us by email at contact@leadercenter.org.


"At first, I was suspicious when the adults repeated over and over how much fun the program was going to be, but they were right. I learned a lot about Arlington and what makes it work. There are so many people working behind the scenes who don’t get the credit they deserve, and it was great seeing and learning about the tremendous positive impact they have on the community. I won’t forget the skills, friendships and memories from my time with Leadership Arlington."

Ryan Uckert, Youth Program Class of 2012

"Participating in the Leadership Arlington program was a great experience for me. I have lived in Arlington most of my life, and being in this program allowed me to learn even more about this city and the people that do so much to make it great. I also met some motivated and intelligent people who I still keep in touch with today, and I’m very thankful I got the opportunity to partake in this program."

Patrice Dour, Youth Program Class of 2017

"Leadership Arlington’s 2010 Youth Program honed my leadership skills in ways which help me in my college work and community activities. I enjoyed exploring key Arlington sites I hadn’t seen before. Especially interesting was touring the Detention Center and learning more about our county’s criminal justice system from the inside. Another highlight was seeing an Arlington Fire Station up close, increasing my appreciation for the bravery of our County’s public safety team. I enthusiastically recommend Leadership Arlington!"

Joey McGeary, Youth Program Class of 2010


Class Members Selected Each Year


Days of Experiential Learning


Cost of Tuition (Partial Scholarship Available)


Youth Graduates

Program Goals

The goal of our Youth Program is that every young leader in Arlington be able to:

  • Develop leadership skills through a strong curriculum taught by skilled facilitators.
  • Gain an awareness of the need for community service, civic participation and philanthropy.
  • Increase familiarity with areas in Arlington beyond their immediate neighborhood and school.
  • Interact with adult leaders in private, public and nonprofit sectors.
  • Acquire a network of adult and youth leaders in Arlington, forming an excellent basis for their academic and professional successes.

Thank You to Our Program Sponsor: