Fort Bend County, TX – Recognizing the ongoing need for community advocates and programs to empower Fort Bend’s young people, Fort Bend County Judge KP George today announced the second iteration of his Youth Leadership program on Facebook & Twitter.
With a successful Youth Leadership class from 2020, this program continues the nine-month programming that focuses on giving high school and college-aged residents of Fort Bend County the practical tools and skills needed to thrive as leaders engaged in their communities for positive change. Applicants are encouraged to apply by May 10, and registration is free. Through the application process, 30 – 50 students are selected based on qualifications, experience, and willingness to learn and advocate for change.
The Youth leadership program will offer mentorship from elected officials, community leaders, faith leaders, and all those that can provide resources to support this group's mission. The program will pair participants with three-five professional mentors that will instruct them on how to identify issues and potential projects, strategize and create a plan of action, and cultivate innovative solutions while monitoring their progress and development.
“Our young people are our future. They will go onto serve as our next State Representatives, County Judges, and Presidents. The Fort Bend Youth Leadership program provides our young leaders tools and skills such as highly effective and well respected mentors and programming to thrive in the 21st century,” said Fort Bend County Judge KP George. “The program is comprehensive, resourced, and strategically divided into three phases over a nine-month period that will provide these young adults with the tools they need to be change agents in their own community."
Once selected, participants will spend the first three months of the Youth Leadership Program meeting weekly on Tuesday nights from 6 PM - 7 PM. The following six months of the program are held on the second Tuesday of Each month from 6 PM – 7 PM.
Students are expected to engage with their group members on all projects, attend all meetings, and conduct themselves with professionalism.
Applications are due May 10, 2021. Participating applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection on May 19. On May 26, accepted students must formally sign a commitment, and on June 8, the introductory meeting will be held.
Applications can be submitted online at https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/governing-body/commissioners-court/county-judge/2021-youth-leadership-program/ylp-application/