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Next Generation

Next Generation is a summer program that brings together approximately 30-40 young professionals. interns, undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 21 and 30 years old who have demonstrated leadership at work, in the community or in college. 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 will learn from each other through interactive and problem solving activities. 

During the summer, the class will attend a Meet the Class Reception, Opening Retreat, four Program Days and a Closing Retreat. Program days will address various aspects of our community – from government to the arts.

Start/Resume Next Generation 2024 Application

Applications are open now through Wednesday, March 20

Program Dates: Next Generation 2024 will begin with a Class Reception on Thursday, May 30.
The program runs from June 7 – August 3, 2024
Complete calendar below.

Program Fee: $500 (Limited scholarships available)

Program Goals:

  • To become a responsible, ethical leader committed to active community involvement and trusteeship.
  • 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.

NextGen Class Selection: 

A committee of Leadership Jacksonville Alumni reviews the applications and conducts Zoom interviews during April. The NextGen 2024 class will be selected in May.

Dates for NextGen 2024:


  • Thursday, May 30: Meet the Class Reception 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 7– Saturday, June 8: Opening Retreat (Mandatory) (Fri) 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. & (Sat) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 18: Creating a Caring Community 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29: Exploring Our Community 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 10: Exposing Our Community’s Culture 12:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, July 22: Building Bridges for the Future 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 3: Closing Retreat 9:00 am – 4:00 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.”