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Click here to see a list of all past Leadership Roane County Alumni.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Class of 2022/2023. To apply and for more information on Leadership Roane County, click here.

Leadership Roane County Class of 2019 with Governor Lee, and Senator Ken Yager.

Leadership Roane County Class of 2019 with Governor Lee, and Senator Ken Yager.

Leadership Roane County is a program that is co-sponsored by The Roane County Chamber and Roane State Community College. The 33-year-old program seeks to develop informed leaders who will be active in community life and who will support a volunteer program dedicated to the positive growth of Roane County.

The program objectives are:

  • To develop a common understanding among leaders of the broad issues facing the county
  • To create a relaxed, neutral environment for problem solving
  • To provide an opportunity and information base for thoughtful study relating to some of the compelling concerns of Roane County residents
  • To create a forum in which significant dialogue can develop between present and future leaders
  • To develop a sense of total community among the various constituencies in Roane County
  • To form a network of committed and trained leaders who can collectively encourage and support each other in community service

The Leadership Roane County program offers classes over an eight-month period, which are built around topics such as leadership skills, city and state government, economic and industrial development, quality of life/environment, health care, education, and the law. Participants have the opportunity to visit with state and local leaders and to tour local businesses, government offices and educational institutions. The class always completes one or more service projects, which often have a lasting impact on the community.

Roane County Youth Leadership is open to students from all High Schools in Roane County as well as private school and home-schooled students who will complete the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in the spring.

The goal of the seven month program is for students to improve their leadership skills through class study, interactions with community leaders and exercising the skills they learned through a community service project.  The program starts with students participating in a week of day events, typically the first full week after school finishes in late May or early June.  Students then enjoy their summer break but resume with a couple after school sessions when school starts back in the fall.  Another component of the program requires students to attend two local civic meetings; I.e. County Commission, City Council or School Board. Students will work together on a community service project with everything completed by the time they celebrate with their graduation in early December. An annual scholarship is awarded and students that have completed the program are eligible to apply their senior year.

Interested students will complete an application to be considered for the program.  Selection is made by an independent panel and is based on the student application as well as recommendations from their principal, a teacher and community references.

The Roane County Youth Leadership brochure can be downloaded by clicking here.

To apply for the 2022-23 Youth Leadership Program download the application here. Once the packet is completed, it can be mailed or taken to the Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Att: Youth Leadership 1209 North Kentucky Street, Kingston, TN 37763) or scanned and emailed to

We extend our appreciation to this year’s Roane County Youth Leadership sponsors.

  • The Roane Alliance
  • Roane State Community College
  • Volunteer Electric Co-op
  • Harriman Utility Board
  • ORUD
  • Rotary International, Kingston, Tennessee
  • Numerous Personal Individual Donations
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