Leadership Roane County

Youth Leadership

Leadership Roane County is a program that is co-sponsored by The Roane County Chamber and Roane State Community College. The 31-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.


LRC Class of 2015
Leadership Roane County Class of 2015 with Governor Haslam, Representatives Calfee and Travis, Ms. Tootie (Capitol tour guide) and RSCC President Dr. Chris Whaley

Leadership Roane County Youth Program

Roane Youth Leadership serves the five Roane County high schools, private schools, and home schooled.  Selected juniors, 11th graders, from each of the schools participate in this program. 

The goals for this program include:

  • Teach leadership skills required to become responsible , effective, and trustworthy members of their community.
  • Provide an opportunity to apply these skills in a meaningful and positive manner with a focus on organization, communication, and creativity directed toward desired and measurable outcomes.
  • Create a program that develops future leaders, involves extended community members, and results in a better quality of life for all.

The format of the program has varied over time. Beginning in 2011, the students attended a four day summer program held at the main campus of Roane State Community College in Harriman. The students participate in classes and activities that increase their understanding, development, and use of leadership skills. At the conclusion of the program, the student participants from each of the five Roane County high schools presented a community service project they will complete during their senior year.

The Youth Leadership Academy brochure can be downloaded by clicking here.

We extend our appreciation to the Youth Leadership Program sponsors. 

  • The Bridge at Rockwood
  • Harriman Utility Board
  • The Roane Alliance
  • Roane State Community College
  • Rockwood Electric Utility
  • Rotary International, Harriman, Tennessee
  • Volunteer Electric Co-op
  • Personal Community Donations
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