Youth Leadership Highlands

Youth Leadership Highlands is a year-long program that focuses on the development of leadership skills in high school students. Youth Leadership Highlands students meet six times throughout the year to grow as leaders and learn about local leadership by visiting a variety of businesses and community organizations throughout Highlands county. Applications are available during the early part of the spring semester to freshman students in Highlands county. Check the MGSF calendar on our events page for actual dates. Participants are chosen at the end of their freshman year and participate in the Youth Leadership Highlands program throughout their sophomore year. 

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This program was funded in part by a grant from the Florida's Natural Growers Foundation, Inc.

Agriculture & Environment

The Youth Leadership Highlands program emphasizes the importance of Highlands county’s agricultural and environmental industries during a full day of leadership education and training. Different private and public organizations take part in educating YLH students about agriculture and the environment. The students have picked blueberries, learned about Florida dairy and beef cattle industries, visited caladium fields at Happiness Farms in Lake Placid, toured Delray Plants’ acres of greenhouses full of ornamental houseplants in Venus, and learned about the challenges of diseases & insects facing citrus growers. 

This program was funded in part by a grant from the Florida's Natural Growers Foundation, Inc.