Youth Leadership

Leadership Roane County

Leadership Roane County is a program that is co-sponsored by The Roane County Chamber and Roane State Community College. The 33-year-old program seeks to develop informed leaders who will be active in community life and who will support a volunteer program dedicated to the positive growth of Roane County.

The program objectives are:

  • To develop a common understanding among leaders of the broad issues facing the county
  • To create a relaxed, neutral environment for problem solving
  • To provide an opportunity and information base for thoughtful study relating to some of the compelling concerns of Roane County residents
  • To create a forum in which significant dialogue can develop between present and future leaders
  • To develop a sense of total community among the various constituencies in Roane County
  • To form a network of committed and trained leaders who can collectively encourage and support each other in community service

The Leadership Roane County program offers classes over an eight-month period, which are built around topics such as leadership skills, city and state government, economic and industrial development, quality of life/environment, health care, education, and the law. Participants have the opportunity to visit with state and local leaders and to tour local businesses, government offices and educational institutions. The class always completes one or more service projects, which often have a lasting impact on the community.


Leadership 2018

Leadership Roane County Class of 2018 with Governor Haslam, and Senator Ken Yager.

Roane County Youth Leadership

Roane County Youth Leadership is a program for selected 11th grade students from each of the Roane County high schools, home schooled students and private schools. 

The goal of the program is for students to improve their leadership skills through class study, interactions with community leaders and exercising the skills they learned through a community service project.  The program starts with students participating in a week long summer academy.  Another component of the program requires students to attend local government sessions including County Commission, City Council and School Board Meetings.  In addition the students will have at least three after school sessions through the school year and then celebrate their completion of the program the following spring.

Interested students will complete an application process to be considered for the program.  Selection is made by an independent panel and is based on the student application as well as recommendations from their principal, a teacher and community references. 

The Roane County Youth Leadership brochure can be downloaded by clicking here.

Click here for an application for next year's Youth Leadership Program.

We extend our appreciation to this year’s Roane County Youth Leadership sponsors.

  • ORAU
  • Rockwood Electric Utility
  • Rotary International, Kingston, Tennessee
  • Volunteer Electric Co-op
  • Roane State Community College
  • The Roane Alliance
  • Personal Community Donations

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