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 2018-2019.
  • Not already involved in a school leadership role.
  • Have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.
  • 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.


Selection Process

You will have the opportunity to learn about the community and develop leadership skills with 15 other students from local high schools. Only 16 students (one from each high school in the county) will be selected for this year’s class through an interview process conducted by LGMC Youth Committee. All candidates will be scheduled for a 30-minute interview beginning in mid-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 the week of May 7, 2018.


Calendar   Subject to change

Youth Leadership Class of 2019 Calendar

Orientation |  Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:30 - 7:30 pm
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Opening 2 Day Overnight Retreat |  Saturday, August 4, 2018  and Sunday, August 5, 2018
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Center
2710 S Country Club Road

Health and Environment Day |  Wednesday, October 17, 2018
701 Manor Road
Crystal Lake

Law and Government Day |  Wednesday, January 30, 2019
McHenry County Sheriff's Department
2200 N. Seminary Avenue

Life After Graduation Day |  Wednesday, March 13, 2019
McHenry County College
8900 U.S. Route 14
Crystal Lake

Closing Retreat & Graduation |  Saturday, April 22, 2019
Main Stay Therapeutic Farm
6919 Keystone Road

For more information contact

Marcy Piekos, Executive Director

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Next Steps

As part of the application process please 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 application and letters of recommendation.

Submit all documents and on application fee to LGMC Youth Program by April 13,

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. 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