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JLC 2023-2024 Program Curriculum

The course curriculum is centered around The "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Steven Covey. Local community leaders and industry professionals also contribute to the class through a series of guest speaker panels. There will also be 2 community service projects selected by the class. Each student must attend at least one project. Projects will be held on a Saturday and will be approximately 3-4 hours in length.

The tentative course curriculum for the 2023-2024 class year is below. Session days are held on Wednesdays (except for the retreat) and meet from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM.

August 27, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Hampden Township Park, 5002 Hampden Park Dr, Mechanicsburg - Upper Pavilion

  • Orientation
    • Students & Parents meet the Program Director and committee members to go through the requirements of the year. 

September 24, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Diakon Youth Services, 571 Mountain Rd, Boiling Springs

  • Opening Retreat
    • Students participate in a half-day retreat to break the ice and get to know each other. They'll engage in fun team-building activities, establish group norms, and begin to develop relationships with one another.

October 4, 2023
Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 N Pitt St, Carlisle

  • Leadership - Habit 1: Be Proactive 
    • For students to identify what attributes make a good leader, to assess their own leadership skills, and to become more aware of their personal habits that either contribute toward or take away from their leadership skills.

November 1, 2023 
The Tuckey Companies, 170 Stover Dr, Carlisle

  • Communication - Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
    • For students to understand how important communication is regarding leadership. This includes establishing personal values and a personal mission statement. Then, reflecting those values and mission in actions and communications.

December 6, 2023
Good Hope Fire Station, 1200 Good Hope Rd, Mechanicsburg

  • Community Service - Habit 3: Putting First Things First
    • For students to appreciate privilege and servant leadership. With the habit, we look at how to prioritize their daily activities with so many distractions and demands on their time.


February 7, 2024
Members 1st Headquarters, 5000 Marketplace Way, Enola

  • Government & Economics - Habit 4: Think Win-Win
    • For students to obtain an understanding of how it is their civic duty as a leader to vote. That we can do more to “be the change we want to see in the world” at the local level. Additionally, if we think win-win in the government and economic arena as leaders we can achieve more for everyone.

March 6, 2024
Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg

  • Problem-Solving - Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
    • For students to use their leadership skills to solve problems by accepting other people’s contributions and even to understand the actual problem. To realize that not every problem needs to be solved by them and that it is good to have a difference of opinion.

April 3, 2024
UPMC Fredrickson Center, Mechanicsburg

  • Putting the Pieces Together - Habit 6 & 7: Synergize & Sharpen the Saw
    • In the final session, we hope to wrap up all the leadership skills that have been demonstrated and the techniques that have been learned. Through synergizing groups present what they have learned, and we close with them planning for their future that includes how they take care of themselves so they can be the best leaders. They must recognize that a good leader cannot spread themselves as thin as some students do.

May 10, 2024 - 8:00 AM
Central Penn College

  •  Junior Leadership Cumberland Graduation