The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce said it's looking for high school juniors and seniors interested in being part of Junior Leadership Merced.
Organizers of the chamber program are starting the sixth year of the leadership program for "tomorrow’s leaders."
Mirroring the Leadership Merced Program, Junior Leadership Merced looks for high school juniors and seniors who display potential leadership.
The program provides an assortment of mentors and networking opportunities to help young people improve their personal and leadership skills while learning more about their local community.
"Our goal of this seven month program is to provide leadership training and open the eyes of our students to the potential of returning to Merced County as adults and becoming a viable member of our communities," said Elaine Post, chair of the program.
Students involved in the program are enrolled in two Merced Community College courses, Thrive and Survive and Team Building, both provided by Joane Pistoresi. They're held during their monthly meetings
that begin in September. Other sessions include Business and Community Day, College Day, Government Day and Law and Justice Day. In addition, they also participate in a two-day leadership retreat held at the Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School. They end their seven-month program with graduation in March.
Junior Leadership Merced is sponsored by chamber member Farmers Insurance Group Federal Credit Union, so there’s no charge to the student. Applications for this year's program are available from the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce or at each of the Merced Union High School District campuses in the Career Centers.
For more information, contact Adam Cox at (209) 384-7092.