Youth who show leadership qualities in either in-school and/or out-of-school activities will be selected.  The goal for this program is to bring together a diverse group of youth who are leaders within their school based programs/activities together with youth who are leaders outside of their school setting.

Before applying, we ask that you carefully consider the following important points:

  • To participate, youth must be entering 8th grade.
  • Youth will miss six/seven school days over the course of the school year. Any work missed while taking part in this program must be made up.
  • This is a participatory, interactive program. You will be expected to be an ACTIVE participant, taking part in conversations, interactive games etc.


Junior Leadership Orange Program Overview:                                                                                                                                                              

The program kicks off with a “Family Information Session” in June for selected youth and their parent/guardian(s). Final details are laid out and questions and concerns will be addressed. In September, the program begins with an orientation day for students. This is an enjoyable Wednesday fieldtrip when youth from throughout Orange County spend the day getting to know one another while participating in interactive ice-breaking activities.     


Six regular sessions take place on one Wednesday of each of the following months: October, November, December, February, March and April (unless otherwise specified).  Participants will be traveling to various locations throughout Orange County and spending their day immersed in programs and interactive activities related to the day’s theme. At each session, instructors and facilitators will present and engage participants in fun and interactive activities with the class.  Presenters will represent leaders from a variety of sectors in Orange County, such as law enforcement, non-profit organizations, government, and business.  Participants will bring home an agenda and are encouraged to share details about their day with their parents/guardians.  The program concludes with a celebratory graduation for family and friends in April.

There is no cost to schools, students or families!  This program is sponsored by generous contributions made by area businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to make an investment in youth and the future of Orange County. Transportation and meals are provided for all sessions.


Leadership Orange
1161 Little Britain Road
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 397-1947
(845) 457-4702