Youth Leadership Arlington


Making Arlington a Better Place For All of Us…Today AND Tomorrow!


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What We Do

Leadership Arlington is committed to identifying leaders from various geographic, ethnic, occupational, and economic segments of Arlington.  We educate them regarding civic engagement and leadership opportunities.

One of our most valued traditions is the Youth Leadership Arlington program.  The Youth program provides the opportunity for high school juniors to develop their leadership skills by participating in a variety of activities that give them an in-depth look at city operations, community issues, civic engagement, and social services in Arlington.

In fact, did you know that for every adult that signs up –one youth is sponsored to complete the Youth Leadership Arlington program?

The purpose of the Youth Leadership Arlington program is to prepare and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to serve as leaders among their peers, while building their skills, commitment, and desire to serve our community now and in the future.

Applicants must meet the following qualifications to participate:

  • Currently be a sophomore
  • Must be able to commit to the mandatory retreat date, course schedule, and community project
  • Reside in Arlington city limits or attend a public, private, or other school within Arlington, including home schools or home school cooperatives
  • Complete and return forms:
  • Photo Release
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Regulations, Disclosure and Release of Liability
  • Once accepted, applicants will participate in their junior year

Desired Outcomes

This program helps students build confidence in their own leadership ability, to speak up on important issues they see in the Arlington community. This program helps the adults understand the same important issues through the student lens. They learn about economic development, local educational opportunities on the high school and collegiate level. They learn about social services at local nonprofits and engage in volunteer opportunities to help their less fortunate neighbors. They learn about local civic government and present issues before the city council members and usually meet the mayor! They bond with students from other schools and discuss their different perspectives in a respectful manner. They are taught how to shake hands, look someone in the eye and stand up and speak before large and small groups of people. These life skills help develop these students and prepare them for their journey beyond high school. The long-term vision is these young leaders will come back to Arlington to live, to work, and become the engaged leaders of the future. As a leader of the youth-it is amazing to watch them transform over the course of the year.

Required Forms

All forms must be completed and submitted prior to the application deadline. Incomplete forms will not be considered. 

Youth Training

2022-2023 Schedule of Classes / Events*

Sessions are held from 4-8pm on the 3rd Monday of each month.     *Dates are subject to change

August 8, 2022 - Orientation

August 13 - Mandatory Retreat

September 19 - History of Arlington & Leadership Skills

October 17 - Local Government

November 14 - Health and Human Services

December - (no session – AISD testing)

January 9, 2023 - Education

February 20 - Economic Development *Day session, President’s Day

March 20 - Arts and Culture

April 17 - Year In Review / Lessons Learned

May - TBD - Graduation