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Current ninth-grade students seeking to develop leadership skills and learn about their community can apply for Leadership Franklin County’s Youth class of 2020-2021.

The LFC Youth program is an initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation. It invests in promising Franklin County sophomores by providing them with the tools to emerge as leaders in their personal lives, schools, and communities.

“We’ve created a curriculum that fosters leadership and team-building that is endorsed by all school districts in Franklin County,” said Ginny Harriger, executive director of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

She calls it “an excellent opportunity” for participating students to learn more about their community. The goal is to produce actively engaged leaders.

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Leadership Franklin County’s 2019 Youth class. (Photo courtesy Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation)

Current ninth-graders attending any Franklin County school (public, private or home school) are eligible to apply. They must be sophomores during the 2020-2021 school year. A generous sponsorship from Wilson College covers the cost of the program, making it free for students.

The year-long curriculum is built around team-building exercises, sessions on leadership, communication, ethics, and personal accountability, community awareness, time management, diversity and goal setting. The goal is to create a core group of young people actively engaged in responsible, ethical and effective leadership.

How to Apply

All the chambers of commerce and school districts in Franklin County endorse the program. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2 .m. during the school day. Transportation is provided from students’ home schools to various sites throughout Franklin County. 

For more information or to apply, contact your school’s guidance department or visit You may also email Ginny Harriger at or call 717-264-7101. The application deadline is February 12.

Leadership Franklin County is an initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, and affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at

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