LGMC Announces The Inaugural Youth Leadership Class of 2018

As part of the Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC) organization, a youth “pilot” program for McHenry County high school sophomores and juniors begins June 6, 2017. The purpose of the LGMC Youth Program is twofold; to create a one-of-a-kind experience that connects high school students to each other and to McHenry County while developing leadership skills to strengthen their ability to lead, follow and work within a team.

Fourteen students representing our county public students have been selected through an interview process for the Class of 2018. These students will be on a journey to become educated about and inspired to become involved in community leadership through a nine-month program. Students will meet regularly as a group to learn skills and explore the county. They will form teams led by an advisor who will guide them through identifying and creating a community service project.

The Youth Curriculum committee and staff is very proud to announce the following students have been selected to be in the inaugural class


Nathan Ancheta

Madison Buchanan

Samuel Burton

Connor Castro

Eric Dowd

Grace Hammond

Julia Harris

Blake Kellinger

Madison Mindham

Fatima Padilla

Cesar Ortiz

Hannah Saucedo

Sera Trigo

Andrew Myland

Cary-Grove High School

Johnsburg High School

McHenry West High School

Crystal Lake South High School

McHenry East High School

Crystal Lake Central High School

Marengo High School

Huntley High School

Alden-Hebron High School

Woodstock North High School

Woodstock High School

Harvard High School

Prairie Ridge High School

Richmond Burton High School

District 155

District 12

District 156

District 155

District 156

District  155

District 154

District 158

District 19

District 200

District 200

District 50

District 155

District 157

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters McHenry County
BMO Harris Bank
Centegra Health System
DeFiore-Jorgensen Funeral Services
First Midwest Bank
Georgio’s Chicago Pizza & Pub
Golden Eagle Community Bank
Leading IT
Marshall Wolf Automation
McHenry Chamber of Commerce
McHenry County College
McHenry County Economic Development Corporation
McHenry Kiwanis Club
Sage Products

For more information contact

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director

Youth Leadership Class of 2018 Calendar

Orientation |  Tuesday, June 6.
6:00-7:30 pm
American Community Bank & Trust
1290 Lake Avenue

Retreat |  Saturday and Sunday August 5 & 6
Overnight until 5:30 pm Sunday
Mary Anne Beebe Center
17501 Streit Road

Health & Environment Day |  Wednesday, October 18
701 Manor Road
Crystal Lake

Law & Government Day |  Wednesday, January 31, 2018
McHenry County Government Center
2200 Seminary Avenue

Life After Graduation Day |  Wednesday, March 14, 2018
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Closing Retreat & Graduation |  Saturday, April 21, 2018
Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Road

Opening Retreat

Most important; be prepared! Below is the Retreat Packing List

General Supplies

  • Sleeping Bag or Sheets and blankets
    (A twin mattress is provided but they are older and you will want yours covered)
  • Pillow
  • Flashlight/batteries (optional)
  • Beach Towel (optional as a place to sit when outdoors)
  • Hand Towel/Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Water Bottle
  • Phone/charger are needed
    (Be prepared to not have access to them for the majority of the weekend)
  • Strengths Finder Book
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Camera (optional)

Clothing: (Appropriate for weather)

  • Shorts/capris/long pants
  • T-Shirt/Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Sweatshirt or Light Jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
  • Brimmed Hat for outside activities
  • Pajamas or sleeping option
  • Tennis shoes or closed toe shoes – at least 1 pair is REQUIRED
    (open –toed shoes, flip-flops and sandals are discouraged)

Information will be updated once classes begin in August.