Leadership Arlington Youth is a year-long program for rising high school juniors and seniors that begins with a week-long, immersive summer experience in leadership and includes program days throughout the school year (during APS breaks) with an individually matched Leadership Arlington graduate mentor. The program draws on the Center’s leadership expertise to connect a diverse cohort of high school students to both the latest leadership concepts as well as to Arlington’s decision-makers and leaders. Graduates receive a personalized Letter of Recommendation from LCE’s CEO for college applications.

To enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors.

The Youth Program is a hands-on, experiential program, focusing on professionalism, mentoring, cultural competency and facilitation.

Rising high school juniors and seniors from Arlington County public schools and regional private high schools.

Session I:
July 27, 2020 to July 31, 2020

Session II:
August 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020

Additional 2020-21 Program Dates to Consider

Leadership Journey Team: Fall Outreach
September 30, 2020

Leadership Lessons Continued & Commencement with Leadership Journey Team
March 10, 2021


In order to help prospective applicants gain an understanding of Leadership Arlington Youth Program and to answer any questions applicants might have, please contact Derek Johnson, Director of Research & Community Programs, by email at djohnson@leadercenter.org or by telephone at (703) 528-2522.

Applications are now being accepted for the Class of 2021, whose summer immersion will take place in 2020.

"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 Sponsors


Marymount University
National Cooperative Bank
Susan and Thomas P. Duke Fund of the Arlington Community Foundation