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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 online application for Next Generation 2021 is now closed.


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.

While 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. Program days will address various aspects of our community – from government to the arts.

During the summer, participants participate in an Opening Reception, four weekdays and three Saturdays. The summer 2021 program will likely be a combination of virtual and in-person sessions.

Who is it for?

Next Generation alumni group photos

An applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university or be currently working 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: Next Generation 2021 will take place May 27-July 31, 2021.

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 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 apply to Next Generation?

Recommendations for Next Generation may be submitted by email to Meg Folds, Youth Programs Director. Include the candidate’s name, phone number and email address. You may recommend more than one candidate.

Recommendations are NOT required. To be considered for selection to Next Generation 2021, an application and interview must be completed. Please click below to apply for Next Gen 2021. The application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. All applicants will be scheduled for a 20 minute Zoom interview.

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 2021

  • ‘Meet the Class’ Reception – Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Mandatory Opening Retreat – Friday, June 4, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to Saturday, June 5 at 4:30 p.m.
  • ‘Creating a Caring Community’- Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ‘Exploring Our Community’ – Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • ‘Exposing Our Community’s Culture’ – Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • ‘Building Bridges to the Future’ – Monday, July 19, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closing Retreat – Saturday, July 31, 2021 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.”