Signature Leadership Orange:
The Program and Application Process

The Signature Leadership Orange program brings outstanding adults, with a variety of backgrounds from across Orange County together to take part in an educational leadership program.

Leadership Orange seeks individuals who:

  • Are at least 21 years of age and live and/or work in Orange County.
  • Are committed, motivated, and eager to serve in volunteer, appointed or elected leadership roles in Orange County.
  • Are able to commit the time and energy to complete the program and continue to serve the community.
  • Have demonstrated community or career achievement appropriate to age and experience.
  • Represent a cross-section of business, professions, organizations, government, education, socio-economic, ethnic backgrounds, age and geographical areas throughout Orange County.
  • Are committed to staying actively involved in the county.


In addition to the opening and orientation, the time commitment includes full participation in a group project completed outside of class.  Attendance at all sessions is expected and participants who miss two sessions will need to withdraw from the program without graduating.

Tuition & Scholarships

The Leadership Orange Signature program has a one-time tuition fee of $1,300 and includes all course materials.  There are limited scholarships available to those who are able to demonstrate financial need, and the request for scholarship funds has no bearing on the selection process. Once you have completed your application, you will have the opportunity to complete a scholarship application form.

Ready to apply?

Once you complete and submit your application you will receive an email with instructions on next steps. Each applicant is given an interview and at the conclusion of the interview process, the Selection Committee will meet mid-November to select the new class. Candidates will be notified shortly thereafter on their acceptance.  Applications must be submitted no later than October 5th.

Apply to Leadership Orange Signature Program

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    Junior Leadership Orange

    Junior Program Application 2020-2021

    Please type or print clearly and answer each section completely.

    Junior Leader Orange is a program for eight grade students that strives to identify up-and-coming youth leaders by
    Providing them with knowledge and skills that foster vision that they will ultimately use to strengthen their communities.
    This is a highly selective process, with a limited amount of students accepted from each Orange County School District.
    Don’t let that discourage your from applying!

    Youth who show leadership qualities in either in-school and/or out-of-school activities will be selected. The goal for this program is to bring together a diverse group of youth who are leaders within their school based programs/activities with youth who are leaders outside of their school setting.

    Before applying, we ask that you carefully consider the following important points: 

    • To participate, youth will miss seven school days over the course of the school year. Any work missed while taking 
    part in this program must be made up.

    • This is a participatory, interactive program. You will be expected to be an ACTIVE participant, taking part in
    conversations, interactive games etc.  

    The  program  kicks  off  with  a  “Family  Information  Session"  during  the  summer  for  selected  youth  and  their 

    parent/guardian(s). Final details are laid out and questions and concerns will be addressed. In September, the program 

    begins with an orientation day for students. This is an enjoyable Wednesday fieldtrip when youth from throughout Orange 

    County spend the day getting to know one another while participating in interactive ice-breaking activities.     The program 

    continues to meet on the second Wednesday of the following months: October, November, December, January, March and 

    May (unless otherwise specified).  Participants will be traveling to various locations throughout Orange County and spending 

    their day immersed in programs and interactive activities related to the day’s theme. At each session, instructors and 

    facilitators will present and engage participants in fun and interactive activities with the class.  Presenters will represent 

    leaders from a variety of sectors in Orange County, such as law enforcement, non-profit organizations, government, and 

    business.    Participants  will  bring  home  an  agenda  and  are  encouraged  to  share  details  about  their  day  with  their 

    parents/guardians.  The program concludes with a celebratory graduation for family and friends in April.  

    There is no cost to schools, students or families!  This program is sponsored by generous contributions made by area 

    businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to make an investment in youth and the future of Orange County. 

    Transportation and meals are provided for all sessions. 

    Junior Leadership Orange is the product of a longtime collaboration and partnership that began in 2011 between Leadership 

    Orange and The Orange County Youth Bureau. We hope you will take this time to apply for placement in this prestigious 

    program for eighth grade students and serve as a representative for your school district!  

    Please complete the Program Application and if you have any questions, please contact Karolyn Thompson at 
    855-312-LEAD or via email karolyn@leadershiporange.org  








    1. Please tell us a little about yourself:

    2. Please tell us why you want to join the Junior Leadership Orange Program:


    Supporting Documentation
    1. Have a Teacher, Guidance Counselor or Principal certify this application by completing and signing below:


    I confirm that based on my observations, *Required
    will not have trouble making up work missed while attending this program for seven separate days over the course of the school year and that this student will be entering 8th grade in September of 2020.



    2. Have your parent /guardian read this portion and sign below:

    I am aware that my child,
    is applying for the Junior Leadership Orange Program. If selected, I understand that we both must be in attendance at a Family Informational Session that will be scheduled over the summer months. (Please note that you will be given 2 dates and times to choose from.) I understand that this program is NOT just for traditional leaders. The basis for this initiative is to serve well behaved youth who have demonstrated leadership qualities in either a traditional or less traditional sense, and may not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in this type of program. In order to participate, my child will miss seven school days over the course of the school year and any work missed while taking part in this program must be made up. This is a participatory, interactive program for students who enjoy that type of setting. Youth are expected to be ACTIVE participants, taking part in conversations, interactive games etc.





    3. Please have an adult who is not related to you, complete the required “Recommendation Form”.
    This person should be able to give examples of how you have demonstrated leadership qualities. Remember; leadership can be expressed in many different ways – whether it has been in school or out of school.

    Important Checklist


    Return complete Application Packet and Recommendation Form to:

    PO Box 26, Rock Tavern, Rock Tavern, NY 12575

    Junior Leadership Orange Recommendation Form

    To be completed by a non-relative adult who can speak to applicant’s strengths (in-school and/or out-of-school) and reasons for recommending youth for this leadership program.




    Junior Leadership Orange is a program for eight grade students that strives to identify emerging young leaders, providing them with knowledge and skills that foster vision that they will ultimately utilize to strengthen their local communities. This is a h ighly selective process with limited slots from each Orange County school district. Selected youth will be active participants, taking part in conversations, interactive games, etc. It is the goal of this program to be made up of a group of diverse youth leaders from both non- traditional and traditional settings.


    Non-traditional leadership: applicant might volunteer as an individual rather than with a formal group for charity events (i.e. breast cancer walk), in a band (outside of school), helps a local animals shelter, etc.
    Traditional leadership: applicant might participate in school groups, sports, scouts, faith based groups, etc.

    What unique skills and abilities does this candidate possess that makes them a good example of a Non-traditional or Traditional Leader (as described above). - Feel free to elaborate

    You may attach up to one (1) sheet of additional information.

    For additional information, please contact Karolyn Thompson 855.312.LEAD

    Junior Leadership Orange:
    The Program and Application Process

    Junior Leader Orange is a program for eight grade students that strives to identify up-and-coming youth leaders by providing them with knowledge and skills that foster vision that they will ultimately use to strengthen their communities. This is a highly selective process, with a limited amount of students accepted from each Orange County School District. Don’t let that discourage your from applying!

    Youth who show leadership qualities in either in-school and/or out-of-school activities will be selected. The goal for this program is to bring together a diverse group of youth who are leaders within their school based programs/activities with youth who are leaders outside of their school setting.

    Before applying, we ask that you carefully consider the following important points:

    • To participate, youth will miss seven school days over the course of the school year. Any work missed while taking part in this program must be made up.
    • This is a participatory, interactive program. You will be expected to be an ACTIVE participant, taking part in conversations, interactive games etc.

    The program kicks off with a “Family Information Session" during the summer for selected youth and their parent/guardian(s). Final details are laid out and questions and concerns will be addressed. In September, the program begins with an orientation day for students. This is an enjoyable Wednesday fieldtrip when youth from throughout Orange County spend the day getting to know one another while participating in interactive ice-breaking activities. The program continues to meet on the second Wednesday of the following months: October, November, December, January, March and May (unless otherwise specified). Participants will be traveling to various locations throughout Orange County and spending their day immersed in programs and interactive activities related to the day’s theme. At each session, instructors and facilitators will present and engage participants in fun and interactive activities with the class. Presenters will represent leaders from a variety of sectors in Orange County, such as law enforcement, non-profit organizations, government, and business. Participants will bring home an agenda and are encouraged to share details about their day with their parents/guardians. The program concludes with a celebratory graduation for family and friends in April.

    There is no cost to schools, students or families! This program is sponsored by generous contributions made by area businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to make an investment in youth and the future of Orange County. Transportation and meals are provided for all sessions.

    Junior Leadership Orange is the product of a longtime collaboration and partnership that began in 2011 between Leadership Orange and The Orange County Youth Bureau. We hope you will take this time to apply for placement in this prestigious program for eighth grade students and serve as a representative for your school district!

    Please complete the Program Application and if you have any questions, please contact Karolyn Thompson at 855-312-LEAD or via email karolyn@leadershiporange.org

    Apply to Junior Leadership Orange Program

    For Employers

    Employers are investing in the future of their business and the future of our community when their employees participate in the Signature Leadership Orange program.  By encouraging and supporting an employee to join Leadership Orange, you are nurturing our future leaders and providing them with skills and training essential to success both in the work environment and Orange County.

    By participating in Leadership Orange, your employee will:

    • Gain confidence
    • Expand leadership capabilities
    • Increase their understanding and importance of teamwork
    • Develop problem-solving and communication skills
    • Build lasting professional connections
    • Learn the importance of giving back to the community
    • Expand and discover new skills and talents

    A stronger employee leads to a stronger team especially when they are in the lead. Show your employees that you believe in them. Send a candidate to Leadership Orange today.  Make an investment in their future, your future and our future together.

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