Junior Leadership Gaston

Developing Leaders Today

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Junior Leadership Gaston is an exciting program for high school juniors designed to develop informed, committed, and qualified young people capable of providing dynamic leadership in their schools and in the Gaston County as they grow and mature into adulthood.


The purpose of Junior Leadership Gaston is as follows:

  • Identify and select potential leaders from students in Gaston County
  • Stimulate students’ awareness of needs within Gaston County
  • Develop a spirit of cooperation among students
  • Create a sense of understanding between students and adult community leaders
  • Identify opportunities for community involvement.


In addition to Orientation and Graduation, Junior Leadership Gaston Class of 2014, will meet from September through May. to learn about pertinent topics as designed by the Junior Leadership Gaston Advisory Board.
Class sessions will generally meet on protected teacher workdays and will normally last from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition for Junior Leadership Gaston is $150 per participant. Scholarships are occasionally awarded on the basis of financial need.  At least one graduate from Junior Leadership Gaston will receive a $500 college scholarship.

To Consider

“Developing future leaders is important to any community and the Junior Leadership Gaston program is a great way to expose our future leaders to today’s challenges.” - John Kimbrell, President/CEO, Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce

“Junior Leadership Gaston is an exciting new program that will provide strong leadership training and a unique community-based educational opportunity for a select group of high school juniors.  School and community leaders have joined forces with the Chamber to ensure that Junior Leadership Gaston will be one of the top leadership development programs in North Carolina.” - Debbie Windley, Director of Museum Advancement at The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Want To Know More?
Please call 704.864.2621