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Leadership Lexington Youth Program taps 31 juniors from FCPS

Students place boards between tires to make a path where everyone can cross safely. Nearly three dozen students from Fayette County Public Schools will participate in the 2019-20 Leadership Lexington Youth Program, which prepares high school juniors through education and interaction as they explore their community. The teenagers will network with local leaders as they delve into diverse issues, post-secondary options, career fields, and business opportunities. LLYP motivates the students to think seriously about the role they could play and the difference they can make in Lexington. 

Following the Sept. 4 orientation at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office, the students will gather one Wednesday a month: Local Lex Day (Oct. 2), Health & Human Services Day (Nov. 6), Government & Public Safety Day (Dec. 4), Arts & Media Day (Jan. 8), Ambassadors for Change Day (Feb. 5), and Higher Education & Career Development Day (March 4). The April 8 graduation luncheon will cap this academic year’s program, whose sponsors are UK HealthCare, FCPS, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. 

LLYP class roster

  • From Frederick Douglass High School: Caitlin Hinds, Natalie Polly, and Isabella Witt;
  • Henry Clay High School: Hayden Caldwell, Celia Dawahare, Taylor Galavotti, Rob Gilligan, Elizabeth Moore, Helena Shobole, and Bennett Shrensker;
  • Lafayette High School: Ella Abraham, Chetan Aspari, William Cahill, Allison Chavez, Elke Coenders, Laura Dority, Hena Kachroo, Isabelle Logsdon, Brayden Mefford, James Proctor, and Richard Smith;
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Sarah Albrecht, Zoe Jenkins, and Khalid Rashad;
  • STEAM Academy: Aidan McCrory and Gabriel Portugal Ticona;
  • Tates Creek High School: Michaela Dunson, Faith Lindsay, Tess Shalash, Katelin Shelton, and Charles Wilson.

The group also includes four students from Lexington Catholic High School, four from Sayre School, and five from Lexington Christian Academy. 

For more on LLYP, visit the Commerce Lexington website or call (859) 226-1610. 

Team-building exercises are a mainstay of the orientation day's activities.    The teens worked to put together a jigsaw puzzle.



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