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Leadership Franklin County
programs have graduated over 925 area residents.  Our legacy LFC Community program, founded in 1985, was expanded in 2009 to include the LFC Youth program.  The two programs provide hyper-local opportunities for leadership skill development with a focus on community leadership, team building, and networking.

Designed and delivered by a dedicated base of community volunteer business leaders, our LFC programs provide a unique venue for personal and professional development. LFC steering committees deliver these quality programs year after year.

Graduates continue to volunteer all over our county and participate in our active LFC Alumni group.

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LFC Community


LFC Community is the flagship leadership program founded in 1985.  The mission of LFC Community: “Developing an inclusive continuum of civic leaders engaged in the advancement of the quality of life in Franklin County.” Participants undergo a nine-month course where they learn about leadership and their community.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 (pictured above)

Graduation Program Class of 2024

Faculty List Class of 2023-2024


Applications open in January and close at the end of March. Applicants are interviewed by the end of May each year with up to 25 students accepted.  This is a tuition-based program with a limited number of available scholarships provided by the LFC Alumni. The course begins in September with a two-day mandatory team-building retreat and includes monthly sessions, on the second Wednesday during the workday, from October through April.

Students also work on a project with a local nonprofit during the course, separate from the monthly sessions. All students will present the results of their team project at the graduation ceremony in May. Students can expect to receive leadership training, learn how to maximize work in teams, and expand their knowledge of key areas of Franklin County.

Please review the Student Participation Policy before applying.


CLASS of 2024-2025 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS: Nonprofit, educational, or governmental organizations, with an IRS Determination Letter showing proof of nonprofit status, are eligible to apply to become an LFC project partner. The projects chosen will start in Fall 2024.  We encourage organizations to carefully read the new project proposal packet, specifically the required project proposal checklist and grading rubric. The selection committee will include LFC Steering Committee and Mentors.

Proposal Packet (this is a fillable Word Document once downloaded) > 2024 Leadership Franklin County RFP 

Our new project application process requires organizations to attend a mandatory virtual information meeting. Two meeting date options are available. Register to receive the Zoom information (click to register): Monday, May 13, at 9 am or Tuesday, May 21 at 1 pm


2024 TIMELINE -Project Organizations

Mandatory Virtual Info Meetings - Monday, May 13, or Tuesday, May 21

Proposal Deadline - Friday, June 21

Proposal Status Announcement  - Friday, August 9

LFCC Retreat - First Meeting with Project Organizations - Saturday, September 7


Leadership Franklin County Community is sponsored by F&M Trust

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LFC Youth

LFC Youth began in 2009 with the mission: "To create a community of young people who are actively engaged in responsible, ethical, and effective leadership."

Key curriculum components of LFCY include: The Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, Encourage the Heart PLUS learning in public speaking, diversity & inclusion, and service-learning in our community.  LFC Youth volunteer at Scoop-a-Palooza and the Run Your Ice Off 5K at IceFest.  Students begin their journey in May of their freshman year with graduation the following April of their sophomore year.

The program is open to a selected group of incoming sophomore high school students (public, private, or homeschooled) in Franklin County. Interested students can apply in their freshman year. This highly competitive selection process involves an interview and requires two mentor recommendations to be submitted with student applications.


Applications are closed for the Class of 2024-2025. Our next recruitment cycle will begin in late October 2024 for freshmen interested in applying for the Class of 2025-2026.

2024 LFCY Graduation Program
LFC Youth Alumni

Leadership Franklin County Youth is sponsored by Wilson College.


LFC Alumni

LFC Alumni stay involved in the community and are busy in many volunteer organizations around Franklin County. The LFC Alumni Committee is a group of Alumni focused on the engagement of our Alumni through events, and volunteer opportunities.

The group works with IceFest hosting the Run Your Ice Off 5K to raise money for the LFC Scholarship Fund, Ice Fest, and other area nonprofits.

Alumni can connect via their LFC Alumni Facebook Group or can learn about other activities by contacting LFC Alumni Chairperson Angi Quigley at


LFC Community Alumni by Year  > 1985-2024
LFC Youth Alumni by Year > 2009-2024




The LFC Alumni of the Year award is given annually to recognize a graduate student of Leadership Franklin County Community who has distinguished themselves in their professional and volunteer capacities and has shown continuing service, interest, and support in the growth of Franklin County.

Congratulations Adam Donius the 2023 LFC Alumni of the Year

Read more about Adam & all our LFC Alumni of the Year Award Winners > 2008 to 2023

Leadership Franklin County is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

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