• "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." ~John Quincy Adams

    Opportunities for Leadership 9th- 12th Grade 

    Hoby Leadership Award Application Program

    Go to Hoby.org to learn more about this leadership program.  This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and build your resume.  For the application, click here.   

    Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

    The Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is a leadership opportunity where we teach you all about your community and give you opportunities to contribute and give feedback to Gilbert. Participants are asked to volunteer in a variety of capacities as well as assist the Town Council in identifying and finding solutions to complex topics impacting all our residents.
    Open to Sophomores-Seniors
    Get a head start on college at an Ivy League University
    Unique summer programs offered to high school students at the world's most respected universities, and in culturally rich and vibrant cities across the United States.
    Attention Juniors: The Fleischer Scholars Summer Program Application is Open! Apply Now
    We don't want any deserving Arizona high school juniors to miss the opportunity to apply and be considered for a free, week-long, summer program. Apply Now to Jumpstart Your Future by spending one week living and learning at the WP Carey School of Business at ASU. During the summer program week, scholars will experience college life, entrepreneurship and business while learning necessary skills for success in college and beyond. 
    Open to full-time high school students enrolled in college track courses. This opportunities allows students to begin studying university math and science coursework while gaining university experience before they graduate high school. The JBMSHP at ASU pays all student expenses!
    VERTO Education Seniors: Here's an opportunity to study abroad for freshman year, and earn college credit!
    Overnight at Johns Hopkins and learn about their Humanities program
    Partners in Progress shadowing and mentoring program
    Young EngineersYoung Engineers Shape the World is a two-year program that takes place during out-of-school time. The program seeks to help high school students view engineering as a socially relevant profession. Through a variety of weekend events, participants spend time exploring individual fields of engineering through hands-on activities that are developed to help shape their engineering identity. Aimed at attracting female students, first generation students, and those with financial need that are in 10th-11th grade, YESW seeks to increase the diversity of students pursuing engineering.
    Gilbert Sister Cities: Explore the world for free through this amazing opportunity. Four juniors will represent Gilbert in China or Northern Ireland next summer; find out how you can be one of them.
    Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Earn a scholarship and a trip to Washington, DC for all your hard earned volunteer hours.
    Med-Start Health Careers Program: Attention Juniors: The Med-Start Health Careers Program is a summer academic enrichment program for any 11th grade, Arizona high school student interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences. Students participate in the program during the summer between their junior and senior years.

    USC Bovard Scholar

    Dream Big! Your future, empowered. The USC Bovard Scholars program helps high achieving students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation's top universities. Included a three-week summer residential program on USC's campus at no cost to the student. 

    Girl's State

    The Girls State program provides young women of high school age the opportunity to come together to study state government. It teaches them to understand that they are an integral part of the political process. It helps them realize they have a responsibility to make tomorrow a better time, the world a better place, and that this job is up to them regardless of religious or political beliefs. It gives them the opportunity to live together under their own government, which is executed entirely by them, and to deal with problems as they arise. They will see the political process work effectively or have setbacks.

    Boy's State

    An interesting "learn by doing" method is used at Boys State. The boys learn about government by actually operating it. They establish a mythical 51st state patterned after Arizona. They elect their own state, county, and city officers from the Governor on down. They set up their legislative assemblies and city councils, they introduce their own bills, organize their own courts and law enforcement agencies; and in other ways, act as self-governing citizens for a full week. Each boy therefore learns for himself that he has responsibilities as a citizen, and that every act of his government has some bearing on his own life.

    Governor's Youth Commission

    The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family is searching for inspiring youth leaders from Arizona high schools to serve on the Governor's Youth Commission (GYC).

    The GYC provides teens opportunities for:

    • personal growth
    • leadership development
    • community engagement around some of the issues that impact them most

    Teens will learn how to:

    • serve on a board
    • participate in committees
    • plan service projects
    • gain public speaking skills
    • build friendships statewide

    If you know a student that will be a high school sophomore, junior or senior year and has a heart to serve others, please share this unique opportunity to serve as ambassadors in a nationally recognized leadership program.

     Applications are currently being accepted from youth in all of Arizona's fifteen counties.

    Apply at BeSeenBeHeard.AZ.gov