LGMC Youth Classes 2018, 2019 and 2020

LGMC Class of 2021 Opening Retreat
Alden Hebron Justin Gritmacker
Cary-Grove Julia Howdeshell
Crystal Lake Central Josh Puma
Crystal Lake South Amy Kobeluch
Dundee Crown Testimony Kagali
Harvard Lorenzo Eichholz
Huntley Evelyn Fetzer
Harry D. Jacobs Andrew Cabindol
Johnsburg Ashleigh Macey
Marengo Morgan Coffman
McHenry East Caleb Rezmer
McHenry West Jack Waters
Prairie Ridge Allison Klauser
Richmond Burton Sanya Komin
Woodstock North Tyler Schroeder
Woodstock Ava Primus


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 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
McHenry Recreation Center
3636 Municipal Drive

Opening 2 Day Retreat |  Saturday, August 8, 2020  and Sunday, August 9, 2020
Lost Valley Visitor Center
7210 Keystone Road

Leadership Day |  Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Law and Government Day |  Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Healthcare Day |  Wednesday, January 20, 2021
People in Need Forum | Saturday, January 30, 2021
Closing Retreat |  Saturday, February 20, 2021
Graduation Wednesday, March 5, 2021



 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 2021 Sponsors
Pamela Althoff
Cary Grove Rotary
Laurie Crain
CTI Technology
Cued Forward, LLC
DeFiore Funeral and Cremation Services
Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria &; Pub
Home State Bank
McHenry County College
McHenry Kiwanis
Pet Vet Animal Clinic & Mobile Practice
Prairie Community Bank
Smith Physical Therapy & Running
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle