LGMC Youth Classes 2018, 2019 and 2020

Class of 2020 Update

While McHenry County schools are indicating an April 7th return date, LGMC is postponing the final retreat and graduation, (originally scheduled for April 18), until we have a clearer picture of the impact of COVID-19. As soon as we have solid information regarding your return to schools, we will confirm the final session date.


Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC) is offering a youth community leadership program to area high school students as an opportunity to enhance community awareness and knowledge, and to develop leadership skills. This is intended to empower and motivate you to become involved and committed to our community.

Criteria to Apply

In order to apply for this program, you must:

  • Attend a high school within McHenry County.
  • Be a sophomore or junior entering school year 2020 - 2021.
  • Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Is or has been involved in an extra curricular activity or community service.
  • Commit to an evening orientation session, a two-day weekend retreat, three school days, (these are excused absences), and a final Saturday retreat. (Dates included below)
  • Commit to collaborating with other students from area high schools to meet monthly and complete a community project.
  • Be willing to meet and report to a business or person sponsoring you for the program.


Introduction and Selection Process

Only 16 students, one from each high school in the county, will be selected for this year’s class through an interview process conducted at your school by a member of the  LGMC Youth Committee. All candidates will be scheduled for a 30-minute interview beginning in February. Participants will be selected based on their commitment to school, community, and personal leadership aspirations. The LGMC selection committee will carefully consider diversity to assure the program and community are fairly represented. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in early April.

For more information contact

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director


Class of 2021 Calendar - TENTATIVE based on COVID19 restrictions

Orientation |  Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Opening 2 Day Overnight Retreat |  Saturday, August 8, 2020  and Sunday, August 9, 2020
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center
2710 S Country Club Road

Health and Environment Day |  Wednesday, October 21, 2020
701 Manor Road
Crystal Lake

Law and Government Day |  Wednesday, November 18, 2020
McHenry County Sheriff's Department
2200 N. Seminary Avenue

Life After Graduation Day |  Wednesday, January 20, 2021
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

People in Need Forum | Saturday, January 30, 2021
McHenry County College
8600 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Closing Retreat & Graduation |  Saturday, February 20, 2021
Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Road



 Apply Now

Next Steps

As part of the application process submit the following documents:

  1. Recommendation Letter 1
    Educator/Business Reference must be completed by somebody who has taught you or served as your employer/manager.
  2. Recommendation Letter 2
    Community Reference must be completed by an adult (Not a parent or relative) with whom you interact. It could be a co-worker, community service coordinator, or a person who works with you on any sport or activity.
    Click on each form below to download a copy and complete
  3. Parent / Guardian Permission Form
  4. Principal Permission Form

Application Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $25. Your school may cover this fee. Please talk with your principal to determine who will be responsible for this payment.

It is payable to LGMC and must be included with your letters of recommendation.

Submit all documents and application fee to LGMC Youth Program by February 15, 2020,

P.O. Box 442
Woodstock, IL 60098
Attention: Marcy Piekos


Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, each student is sponsored in order to attend this program.

Class of 2020 Sponsors
Cary Grove Rotary
CTI Technology
Cued Forward, LLC
DeFiore Funeral Services
Georgio’s Chicago Pizza & Pub
McHenry County College
McHenry Kiwanis
Prairie Community Bank
Regional Office of Education McHenry County
Substance Abuse Coalition
Thomas Quinn