Too often, students leave their hometown after high school or college with no plans — and no desire — to return. The Spark Community Leadership Program from the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to change that.
The program encourages local students to get involved in the community and consider this area as a great place to live and work.
The first group of participants — 30 juniors and seniors from Leesburg High School — in October joined in team-building exercises and shared in character and leadership discussions at the Warren W. Willis United Methodist Camp on Picciola Road. The program will continue with five more sessions through April 2015, culminating with a class graduation.
“The goal of this program is to help further their leadership skills,” says Sandi Moore, the chamber’s executive director who is coordinating Spark with help from local businesses, civic groups and Leesburg and Lake County governments. “We also want to expose them to the opportunities for success here in Leesburg and Lake County through a series of day trips.”
For more information, call the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 352.787.2131.