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 2019-2020.
  • 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 April. 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 by letter in early May.

For more information contact

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director


Class of 2020 Calendar

Orientation |  Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Opening 2 Day Overnight Retreat |  Saturday, August 3, 2019  and Sunday, August 4, 2019
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center
2710 S Country Club Road

Health and Environment Day |  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
701 Manor Road
Crystal Lake

Law and Government Day |  Wednesday, January 29, 2020
McHenry County Sheriff's Department
2200 N. Seminary Avenue

Life After Graduation Day |  Wednesday, March 11, 2020
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Closing Retreat & Graduation |  Saturday, April 18, 2020
Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Road

Calendar   Subject to change


 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 March 8,

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 2019 Sponsors
Aurora University - Woodstock Campus
BMO Harris Bank
Centegra Health System
DeFiore Funeral Services
First Midwest Bank
Georgio’s Chicago Pizza & Pub
Golden Eagle Community Bank
LGMC Class of 2018
Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy
McHenry County College
Woodstock Professional & Business Women