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Teen Leadership

Fostering Leadership Among Tomorrow's Trailblazers...


The mission of this program is to improve area high school students' understanding of Community, Occupations, Organizations, and Leadership skills to form our next generation of leaders.  Learning objectives are based on the Department of Public Instruction’s WI Youth Leadership Assessment.  This assessment will measure student’s leadership skills that are most valued by employers, communities, and organizations.

2024 - 2025 Heart of Wisconsin C.O.O.L. Teen Leadership Application

The 2024/2025 application process has closed.

Key Skills and Knowledge Learned

Career exploration
Interpersonal skills
Personal and interpersonal skills
Commuity understanding and resources
Personal growth
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Hands-on leadership skills including conflict resolution, working with groups, influencing change, and networking

Who should participate?

  • You will be a high school sophomore during the 2024-25 school year
  • You want to learn more about your community
  • You want to explore careers within the Heart of Wisconsin Area
  • You want to develop your leadership potential

What is the time commitment?

One orientation meeting, nine full-day sessions (once a month) from September through May, and an end of the year celebration. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. This program will also provide participants with opportunities to interact with various community leaders, career exploration, and leadership growth.


Freshman high schoolers can apply and hand in the application to their school counselors. This program serves 5 area school districts (WRPS, Assumption, Pittsville, Port Edwards, and Nekoosa). You will be notified if you have been selected prior to the end of the year.

Tuition Fees

$100 registration fee per participant.

Scholarships may be available.

Check with your school for more information.

Sponsorships are available for this program!

Contact Laura Bonner-Ridgway, Workforce & Community Development Director

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