Program Overview and Application Form: (Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, June 27)

The Township of South Orange Village is pleased to offer students the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills in the areas of local government and civic engagement where they will interact with a variety of elected officials, municipal departments, and community leaders.

The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is a two-week commitment, commencing on Monday, July 16, 2018 and ending on Friday, July 27, 2018.  Participants are expected to arrive at designated locations in town for programs and activities between 1:00pm – 4:30pm during the weekday.

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The SLI is open to students entering 8th grade through entering 10th grade.  The program is capped at twenty-five (25) students and applicants must be South Orange residents.  Prior leadership roles are not required – rather, a demonstrated interest in improving the community and the lives of others and a desire to develop personal leadership and team building skills.  There is no cost for this program. 

Note:  Once applicants have been selected and enrolled, families will receive more detailed information including but not limited to: drop off/pick-up, service placements, waivers, etc.

For its inaugural year, the Student Leadership Institute will be broken into two parts:

Week 1:

The Who, What, Why of Local Government and Municipal Operations


Students will kick-off the week learning about local governance from elected officials and visit a variety of village departments where they will meet directors and support staff, understand the operations that are performed and why these are necessary for the community.  Focus areas will be:  Leadership & Governance; Public Safety; Recreation, Cultural Affairs and the Arts; Environment and Sustainability; and Business and Economic Development.




Week 2:

Civic Engagement & Servant Leadership



In partnership with YouthNet, students will actively participate in meaningful community service activities led by community-based organizations and non-profits. Week 2 is intended to challenge and inspire students to be responsible citizens by exposing them to a myriad of opportunities to strengthen their communities through servant leadership.



Upon successful completion of the program, students and their families will be invited to an Award’s Program the evening of Friday, July 27 where the Class of 2018 will receive framed certificates and present what they learned during the course of the program.

Program Overview and Application Form