Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre (JLWB) is a transformative personal and professional leadership development program for high school juniors that provides training techniques to advance leadership skills while increasing community awareness and civic responsibility to affect positive change. JLWB began in the 1987 as a project of the adult Leadership Wilkes-Barre Class of 1988. It is now guided by Program Director, Jessica Cronauer, and an Advisory Council consisting of a cross section of community leaders and Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre graduates. The program has the support and participation of 17 Northeastern Pennsylvania public and private high schools, PSEA, local colleges and universities, as well as numerous corporations and individuals throughout the community.
Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre offers students the opportunity to work with adult leaders in their community through day-long seminars held from 8:00am to 3:30pm over a period of nine months. An in-depth curriculum acquaints participants with community needs, opportunities, challenges and resource, featuring several topic areas including interpersonal communication skills, emotional intelligence, government and citizenship, levels of diversity, the justice system, and other community issues. These sessions are held at various locations throughout Luzerne County.
- Develop leadership skills and encourage students to interact with community leaders, decision-makers and peers from seventeen schools
- Challenge emerging leaders to apply their new knowledge and skills to community impact projects
- Acquaint high school students with community needs, resources and other factors that influence the direction of Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Encourage accountability and empower students to affect positive change in their own lives, as well as the community at large
- Foster students’ interest in servant leadership and volunteer community service
- JLWB programs take place monthly from September through April. School attendance credit will be granted for each session attended (participants receive a Program Calendar upon acceptance for scheduling purposes)
- Programs will be held at various locations throughout Luzerne County (transportation is the responsibility of the participant)
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided at every program, unless otherwise specified
- Participants complete a Community Impact Project and will be required to attend project meetings outside of scheduled program times
An integral part of student learning is the selection, organization and implementation of a community impact project. This component of the Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre curriculum connects classroom learning to the real world as students actively engage in service to the community. Young leaders are challenged to use their leadership skills as they work together to achieve tangible results.
Students participate in JLWB during their Junior year of high school. Applications to the JLWB program must be completed during the Sophomore year and are subject to our Selection Process. Any sophomore in good academic standing from public, parochial, charter, and/or private schools in Northeast Pennsylvania may apply (with permission from their school Guidance Office and Administration).
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the JLWB class, please download the application here, download the student assessment here, contact Jessica Cronauer at (570) 270-5323, or inquire in your school’s guidance office.