The Leadership Center for Excellence (LCE) Youth Leadership 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 Youth Leadership Program brings together a diverse group of rising 11th and 12th graders 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 create a lasting impact on their community.




Date: July 17-21, 2023

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: George Mason University, Arlington Campus

If you would like to discuss the program, please contact Lisa Fikes at


The goal of our Youth Leadership Program is for young leaders to be able to:

  • Develop leadership skills through a strong curriculum taught by adult leaders in private, public, and nonprofit sectors
  • Gain an awareness of the need for civic engagement and the tools to know how to get started
  • Receive a letter of completion from the Leadership Center for Excellence President and CEO upon successful completion of the Youth Leadership Program
Summer Youth Program 2022

2022 Youth Leadership Program participants

"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, 2013 Youth Leadership Program

"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, 2017 Youth Leadership Program

"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, 2010 Youth Leadership Program


Days of Experiential Learning


Cost of Tuition (Partial Scholarship Available)


Youth Graduates

Thank You to Our Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors