Youth Leadership Cullman County was born out of the initiative of the Leadership Cullman class of 1999. The idea was to mirror the program and offer it on a high school level. The program is a 10-month long leadership commitment for rising juniors, which allows selected students (two from each Cullman County schools, two from each Cullman City schools, two from St. Bernard Preparatory School, two from Cullman Christian School, as well as two homeschool participants) the opportunity to experience the Cullman area in the most educational, engaging, and authentic program possible.
One day each month, the 22 selected students will come together for a day of leadership. Each month is completely different and has a unique theme that the class will learn about. Some examples of past sessions include learning about agriculture, state and local government, industry and economic development, tourism, quality of life, education, public safety, etc. Past alumni of the program have described the program as “life changing.” By the end of this program, these students walk away with true leadership experience and a greater knowledge of the Cullman area, a cohesive network of newfound friends with similar interests, as well as insight into potential future careers and lifelong goals.