Leadership Ocala Marion Youth
For more information, contact Bart Rowland, Director of Business Services, 352.629.8051.
The Leadership Ocala Marion Youth (LOMY) program is for students entering their junior year of high school and is modeled after the adult Leadership Ocala Marion program. LOMY seeks to develop young individuals to be the next generation of community leaders; preparing them for constructive and responsible involvement in community affairs, while also thinking seriously about career pathways in Ocala and Marion County.
LOMY is designed to nurture and develop positive leadership qualities. The county-wide program brings together a diverse group of students from public and private high schools across Marion County. The interaction among youth from all parts of the county encourages mutual respect, dispels misplaced fears, and results in a shared concern for a continuing commitment to the growth and advancement of the entire county. It's work and it's fun. It's a rewarding way to learn about our community!
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LOMY Program Goals
- Identify high school students who are leaders or have demonstrated leadership potential.
- Give young people the knowledge, tools and contacts to become successful leaders.
- Instill and nurture a sense of social responsibility in our youth.
- Offer a forum for young leaders to express their needs, goals and opinions.
- Explore the diverse facets of Marion County’s social affairs, government and business.
- Provide participants a chance to serve their community.
- Present young leaders with rewarding and fun experiences.
The Leadership Ocala Marion Youth program provides the opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills necessary to become productive workers and community leaders. Throughout the nine-month long program, students explore our community – its resources, leadership, issues and opportunities. They share ideas and learn what it takes to become a consensus builder and effective decision-maker. Participants examine the functional areas of business and the career pathways found right here in their own backyards. They explore civic responsibility and the various roles they can play in their communities to inspire a life-long commitment to Marion County.
A new feature of the leadership program is Positive Leadership. Based on research and best practices, this curriculum presents a fresh approach that combines leadership and personal development.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: In order to graduate from the LOMY program, students are required to:
• Attend both mandatory sessions: Orientation and Graduation, as well as a minimum of ten (10) of the twelve (12) remaining sessions. NOTE: Absence from more than two sessions and/or not attending orientation and graduation will result in termination from the program.
• Be on time and prepared to learn.
• Complete appropriate survey/evaluation forms for each session.
PROGRAM OUTLINE: Most sessions will be held on Monday afternoons/evenings with the exception of Leadership, Ropes, and State Government. The Leadership and Ropes sessions will be held on Saturdays. The State Government session will be a day-long field trip to Tallahassee during the Florida Legislative Session. As soon as the date is confirmed, the Class and Parents will be notified. Please Note: Session dates may be changed or postponed due to weather or other conflicts beyond the control of the Board of Regents.
High school juniors who would like to participate in LOMY should apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievement, community service and demonstrated leadership potential both inside and outside the classroom. Through Leadership Ocala Marion Youth, students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight that will help them make meaningful decisions regarding their future. The LOMY program is often cited when students apply to colleges and universities as well as being referenced in scholarship applications. All of these factors make the $175 program tuition a very affordable investment in a student’s future. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.
Students are often recommended by their high school administrators, counsellors or instructors to apply, but may request an application directly from the Chamber & Economic Partnership starting in January of their sophomore year. Final class selections will be made following a review of applications and through interviews with members of the LOMY Board of Regents. Students must have approval of parent(s) or guardian to participate. A maximum of forty students representing the various public and private high schools in Marion County will be selected to participate in each LOMY class.