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Franklin Township Teens Encouraged to Apply to Youth Leadership Program

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Members of the Youth Leadership Somerset Class of 2016/2017 with Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh on the steps of the Somerset County Human Services building in Somerville.
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SOMERSET, NJ - Students in Franklin Township entering grades 9-12 can register for  Youth Leadership Somerset, a leadership development program.

“Somerset County is dedicated to investing in our youth and leaders of tomorrow,” said Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione, liaison to the youth leadership program.  “The Youth Leadership Somerset program helps students expand their critical thinking, collaboration and communications skills. Participants will be introduced to community leaders and challenged to explore current issues that impact their communities.”

Franklin resident, Freeholder Deputy Director, Brian D. Levine is hoping to see a lot of representation from his hometown. 

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"During my tenure as councilman and mayor of Franklin Township, I visited many of the schools and was constantly impressed by our remarkable students," Levine said. "I know we have a lot of leadership potential in our students. I hope to see our youth participate in this worthwhile program; and I will make it a point to visit them at the program."

Applications for the 2018-2019 program year, which runs September through May county website - Youth Leadership Somerset Application 2018. Students are asked to complete the online application and upload one letter of recommendation. The application should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 16.

Candidates will be selected in June. Classes are held one Saturday per month for approximately four to six hours. Those accepted to the program will receive a full scholarship to ensure that financial status is not a barrier. 

Youth Leadership Somerset fellows interact with community leaders on a wide variety of subjects. Session topics include leadership, the environment, economic development, human services, government, healthcare, justice and culture.

Former participants have said: “Youth Leadership Somerset has been a wonderful place to ponder important economic and social questions. The sessions have been filled with discovery and growth;” “I have a greater understanding of how to get involved in my community;” and “Connecting and learning from people who are different than me has made me a better person.”

Developed by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2000, Youth Leadership Somerset is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. To learn about the adult leadership program, contact us at leadershipsomerset@co.somerset.nj.us or visit the website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/LeadershipPrograms.

For more information about Youth Leadership Somerset, contact Melania Tchir at (732) 469-3363 or youthleadership@co.somerset.nj.us

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