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Leadership Jacksonville Next Generation


To ensure an accurate submission of your application for Next Generation class of 2019, please visit our website on a desktop computer.

The application for Next Generation 2020 (formerly Collegiate Leadership Experience) is closed and will open in February 2020.

To ensure an accurate submission of your application for Next Generation class of 2019, please visit our website on a desktop computer.

What is it?

Next Generation is an exciting summer opportunity for approximately 32 participants. 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 participants 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, participants participate in an Opening Reception, four weekdays and three Saturdays.

Who is it for?

An applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university or be currently working permanently or interning in the region.

In addition:

  1. Applicants must be at least one year post high school graduation as of June of the program year;
  2. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old and
  3. Applicants must be, or have been, in good standing at their college/university or employment and have demonstrated leadership in high school,  college, work or the community.

Program dates: May 28-August 1, 2020
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 does someone join this program?

Recommendations for Next Generation 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 or employer. You may nominate more than one candidate.

Recommendations of candidates for membership in a Next Generation Class are accepted on this website from

  1. Graduates or current class members of any Leadership Jacksonville program
  2. Honorary members of Leadership Jacksonville
  3. Educators or school administrators
  4. Authorized executive at candidate’s employer
  5. Self-recommendation

A recommendation provides staff and the selection committee with information necessary to contact a candidate and ask them to submit the required application. No candidate is included in the selection process without the submission of a completed application. When the application form is posted, candidates will receive instructions on how to proceed with the application process. The application process for the Next Generation Class of 2020 will go through April 2020.

How will the Class be selected?

A committee of Leadership Jacksonville alumni will review the applications and conduct phone interviews during April. The classes are selected in May.

What is the Calendar?


Class of 2020

  • ‘Meet the Class’ Reception – Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Mandatory Opening Retreat – Friday, June 5, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to Saturday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m.
  • ‘Creating a Caring Community’- Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ‘Exploring Our Community’ – Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • ‘Exposing Our Community’s Culture’ – Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • ‘Building Bridges to the Future’ – Monday, July 13, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closing Retreat – Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“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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