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Collegiate Leadership Experience
A program of Leadership Jacksonville, Inc.

Applications for the CLE Class of 2018 are currently closed.
Nominations for the Collegiate Leadership Experience Class of 2018 may be submitted by email to Meg Folds, Youth Programs Director. Include the candidate’s name, phone number, email address and college/university the candidate is attending. You may nominate more than one candidate.

What is it?

Collegiate Leadership Experience is an exciting summer opportunity for approximately 36 college students. Participants interact with community leaders, network with professionals and go behind the scenes to explore difficult issues facing our community and learn from our successes.

Exploring what it means to be a community trustee, this diverse group of students will learn from each other through interactive and problem solving activities. During action packed program days they learn about many aspects of our community – from government to the arts.

During the summer, students participate in an overnight Opening Retreat, Program Days on three weekdays and a Saturday morning and a Closing Retreat.

Who is it for?

This program is designed for students that are attending college in Northeast Florida -or- have their permanent address in Northeast Florida and are attending college outside of the region.

Students should be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, graduate students or within two years of graduating from undergraduate school with the intent of continuing their education, are between 18 and 30 years old, and have been enrolled in college for at least two semesters by the beginning of the program in June.

All applicants must be in good standing at their college/university and have demonstrated leadership skills in high school and/or college.

Program dates: May 31 – August 4, 2018

Program Fee: $500 (Scholarships available)

What are the Program Goals?

  • To become a responsible, ethical leader committed to active community involvement and trusteeship.
  • To encourage the leader within each of the participants and inspire them to begin making a difference – now!
  • To encourage participants to live and work in Northeast Florida after graduation and serve as a community trustee.
  • To gain a greater understanding of contemporary issues through interaction and problem solving with peers, leaders and decision makers from all segments of the community.
  • To broaden participants’ perspective and understanding of Northeast Florida’s assets and potential, stimulate interest and encourage a team approach in resolving community problems.

How will the Class be selected?

A committee of Leadership Jacksonville alumni will review the applications and conduct in-person and phone interviews during late March and April. Local students will have face-to-face interviews; students away at school will have phone interviews. The class will be selected in May and applicants will be notified of the results in May, 2018.

What is the Calendar?

  • ‘Meet the Class’ Reception – Thursday, May 24, 2018  from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Opening Retreat – Friday, June 8, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m.
  • ‘Creating a Caring Community’- Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ‘Exposing Our Community’s Culture’ – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • ‘Building Bridges to the Future’ – Monday, July 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closing Retreat – Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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“This has been an eye opener into Jacksonville that people don’t normally get. I’ve gained knowledge of history, ideas, hopes, dreams and goals from people behind the scenes that I never knew existed. It has reinforced my desire to make Jacksonville better.”

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Leadership Jacksonville is all about building community trustees – individuals who care deeply about our City and its future.
- Audrey Moran LJ’ 89