• "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 

    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
    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!

    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 2019-2020 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 during the 2019-2020 school 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

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    Apply at BeSeenBeHeard.AZ.gov


    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. Deadline Feb. 15th, 2019

    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.