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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 2020/2021. 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 of each year.

The goal of the yearlong 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 week in June.  Another component of the program requires students to attend local government sessions including County Commission, City Council and School Board Meetings.  In addition the students will have at least three after school sessions through the school year and then celebrate their completion of the program the following spring with a graduation.

Interested students will complete an application to be considered for the program. Selections are 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 2021-22 Youth Leadership Program email

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

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