Leadership Polk

Youth Leadership Polk

Inspiring Young LEADers

Youth Leadership Polk completed its third pilot year in the summer of 2019. The program is made possible through a collaborative partnership between Polk Vision and Girls Inc. of Lakeland and Bartow; Girls Inc. of Winter Haven; and Boys & Girls Club of Polk County.

Designed as a youth engagement program, the experience is intended to instill students with a sense of belonging, support social and emotional development, explore potential careers, and expand their knowledge of Polk County.

Youth Leadership Polk is comprised of 8th through 12th grade students convened in day-long sessions, once a week for seven weeks. Students learn components of environmental responsibility, government and public policy, history and culture, community health, and public safety while expanding their academic knowledge.

Members of the Leadership Polk Alumni Association and other dedicated business leaders from across the county volunteered as guest speakers, hosts and instructors.


Here is important information regarding the program and how you can support your student in applying for Youth Leadership Polk.

Youth Leadership Polk Brochure

Application Requirements and Agreement

Class size is limited so we encourage all nominees to submit their applications early. The application can be filled out at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/210477501028145

Youth Leadership Polk is a Program of Polk Vision and is funded in part by Leadership Polk Alumni Association. Class III was sponsored by BB&T Bank, Catering Oasis, CenterState Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust, Cummings Family, Keiser University, Lakeland Regional Health, Polk Education Foundation, Prime Meridian Bank, Publix Super Markets, Ring Roofing, The Suzie and Sal Marco Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation, Tinsley Family Concessions, Wells Fargo and United Way of Central Florida.

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