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Youth Leadership Somerset

Youth Leadership Somerset is a leadership development program that introduces students to the organizations and services that shape Somerset County, and challenges them to explore current issues facing the community.

Each session is a dynamic learning experience that focuses on one of the following topics – leadership development, environment, human services, government, economy, justice, healthcare, and diversity. During sessions, students will have the opportunity to interact with current leaders in each of these fields.

Participation in Youth Leadership Somerset helps build critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills that strengthen leadership abilities. The program encourages young people to take active roles in their community, and use their unique talents to contribute to a better, brighter future.

Youth Leadership Somerset is open to students in grades 8-12 who live in Somerset County, New Jersey. YLS meets one Saturday per month from September to May.

The application deadline for the Youth Leadership Somerset class of 2014-2015 is May 15, 2014. Applicants will be notified about their acceptance in mid-June.

The Youth Leadership Somerset program was created by the Leadership Somerset Class of 2000 as their class project. YLS is a partnership of Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Business Partnership, Raritan Valley Community College, United Way of Northern New Jersey Somerset County and Leadership Somerset Class of 2000.

Application - Class of 2014 - 2015

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  Please contact us at

Leadership Somerset
c/o Somerset County Administrator's Office
PO Box 3000, 20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ 08876-1262

Tel. (908) 231-7040 Fax(908) 231-1740
Email LeadershipSomerset@co.somerset.nj.us