Youth Leadership Academy

Cultivate, Develop Young Citizens

About the Program

The Leadership Johnson County Youth Leadership Academy is a five-month program designed to bring together a select group of Johnson County High School students to learn more about their community and practice leadership skills in a fun learning environment.

Each program day is designed to foster an opportunity for increased self-awareness, a better understanding of the local community and an opportunity to meet and network with peers from across Johnson County. Modeled after the LJC Signature Program, the Youth Leadership Academy will provide students with an extraordinary opportunity for in-depth leadership training from experts around the state.

Youth Leadership Program participants will:

  • Network with community leaders and peers.
  • Practice project management skills through a community project of their own design.
  • Participate in the True Colors personality assessment and have an opportunity to participate in MBTI.
  • Learn more about Johnson County's history and current county government.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will earn 1 college credit at Franklin College. 

Program Requirements

Youth Leadership Academy participants must:

  • Attend an opening retreat in late July.
  • Attend 4 regularly scheduled class dates throughout the year.
  • Attend and present at the graduation celebration.
  • Complete a community service project.
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  • Applicants must be current High School Sophomores and Juniors or home-schooled equivalent in Johnson County.
  • Class members must commit to full participation in the program.
  • Class members must agree to abide by all LJC – Youth Leadership Academy policies and procedures.
  • Must be a resident of Johnson County or attend a high school located in Johnson County.

I joined so that I could learn how to be a better leader for the people around me and become a better person overall.


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Take the Next Steps

Application Process

Application is a Google form and must be completed in its entirety. There is not an option to save your work and add additional information. You may make changes to your application after it is submitted by clicking on the response email.

Applications MUST be typed and submitted online. Hand-written applications will not be accepted.

Note: Nominations for the Class of 2022-2023 are open.


Selection Process

A review committee appointed by the LJC Board of Trustees will select participants based on the COMPLETED application.

Your selection into the class is based upon your application.

You are encouraged to be DETAILED and use this opportunity to highlight your passions and achievements.


The cost to participate in the 2022-2023 Leadership Johnson County Youth Leadership Academy is $400.

Tuition is due in full by September 2. There are no refunds after this date.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of acceptance into the program. The deposit is included in the full tuition amount.

Scholarships are available for up to approximately 60 percent of tuition cost. Scholarship applications are available online or by contacting us.

Payment plans can be arranged. Credit cards are accepted.


2022-2023 Programs

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Opening Retreat)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Graduation)

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Nominate Someone

Do you know a high school student who would benefit from our Youth Leadership Academy? If you wish to recommend a candidate for our next class, please fill out the form. Applicants that are nominated will receive an application with a note regarding who nominated them for participation.

I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and learn to be a better leader for my community. LJC has done all of that and so much more.


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Class of 2021-2022

Aalok Adhikari Center Grove High School

Josie Albright Franklin High School

Audrey Balint Roncalli High School

Ellie Bandy Greenwood Christian Academy

Ryan Beach Center Grove High School

Zach Brodnik Whiteland High School

Elizabeth Carlyle Greenwood High School

Nicholas Detling Edinburgh High School

Amelia Edens Whiteland High School

Evelynn Eldridge Greenwood Christian Academy

Sam Fenner Greenwood High School

Reid Geisler Franklin High School

Morgan Harvey Franklin High School

Elijah Hawkins Whiteland High School

Abbie Henderson Franklin High School

Hannah Hoggatt Whiteland High School

Lauren Holcroft Franklin High School

Christian Jasinski Northpoint Homeschool Classes

Sarah Jolley Greenwood Christian Academy

Andrew Jones Greenwood High School

Kylie Lemmon Indian Creek High School

Daniel Mangan Center Grove High School

Sandra Marshall Indian Creek High School

Addison Marshall Franklin High School

Joseph McGuinness Franklin High School

Urvi Parihar Center Grove High School

Rudy Perez Edinburgh High School

Olivia Perry Indian Creek High School

Sofia Reutebuch Roncalli High School

Jack Rittenhouse Roncalli High School

Annalia Sanchez Center Grove High School

Isabelle Schmitz Center Grove High School

Emilee Scott Indian Creek High School

Caleb Shaw Greenwood High School

Olivia Shingleton Greenwood Christian Academy

Kinley Shoemaker Franklin High School

Sarah Stewart Home School

Bennett Strain Center Grove High School

Abbey Wiggam Whiteland High School

Emma Williams Franklin High School

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