Kleberg County Junior Leadership is now accepting applications from sophomore, junior or senior students who attend high school in Kleberg County. The program is a collaborative effort between the Greater Kingsville Economic Development Council and the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce that is designed to help local students learn more about their community, grow their leadership and professional skills and find ways to engage in a more impactful way.  This year, for the first time, the program is available for returning participants.

“Junior Leadership Kleberg County is an exciting way for students to learn more about the community that they live in, find ways to engage on issues that they are passionate about and develop the professional skills that they will use for the rest of their lives,” said Manny Salazar, Executive Director of the Greater Kingsville Economic Development Council.

The program will allow students to engage in a series of meetings to learn from community leaders about history, government, business practices and engagement. Additionally, the program will partner with Leadership Kingsville to help students learn from current community stakeholders.

Participants will work alongside the 2019 class of Leadership Kingsville on a variety of community service projects.  Community volunteer hours may count toward National Honor Society or other service organizations required hours and provide direct access to ways to help improve Kingsville.  

“We are looking for high school students with a passion for serving their community. Grades are not considered in the application process,” Kathy Kimball, chairman of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Education committee, said. “Students must provide well-thought out answers that indicate their desire to grow in leadership and service. The application will be our only source in determining who will participate this year. It should be presented as a well and a true reflection of the student’s goals.”

Students with a passion for service, interest in becoming a better leader or developing new skills are encouraged to apply by the June 28, 2019 deadline. Applications will be made available at the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce office or by emailing Kathy Kimball at KKimball78@gmail.com.  Participation is limited and acceptance letters will be mailed in early August.

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