The Junior Leadership Academy (JLA) was created by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and is supported by the regional business community. JLA is a program for students whom desire the opportunity to learn more about Fort Smith and the opportunities available in our city. Students will meet community leaders from area businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations. Students will be introduced into an environment designed to enhance and develop their leadership skills which will benefit them throughout the rest of their life. Applications are available for those that are CURRENTLY in their Sophomore year with the program beginning the 2016-2017 school year (JUNIOR YEAR). Eligibility/Section Criteria
Be a member of the 2015-16 Sophomore class at either Northside or Southside High School
Demonstrate leadership and/or desire to gain strong leadership skills
A desire to improve his/her school and community
Have an interest in furthering his/her knowledge about Fort Smith and community leadership
Commit to FULL PARTICIPATION in the Junior Leadership Academy program
Pay the $25.00 Program Fee. The remaining $400.00 will be paid by local area businesses.
The JLA selection committee will be the Leadership Fort Smith Advisory committee. Thirty applicants have been selected. Committee representatives maintain an active role during the duration of the program. **Note - the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce is not part of the selection committee.
Applications will be thoroughly reviewed. Selection criteria include:
Commitment to personal growth
Commitment and motivation to serve the community through volunteer work
Personal commitment to improving the community environment to favorably impact the development and quality of the community
Strength of recommendations
GPA of at least 2.0
Reliable attendance history in school
Desire to be successful
The Junior Leadership Academy is looking for a very diverse class. Every student is encouraged to apply! Dates & Deadlines
Application deadline has passed for the 2016-2017 year. Dates will be announced soon for the 2017-2018 year.