LFC Community and Youth programs have graduated over 683 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 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.
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 are taken through a nine-month course where they learn about leadership and their community.
Class of 2022 applications are being accepted thru July 1, 2021. Applicants also must have a Pre Program Employer Survey completed to accompany applications. Interviews occur in July and selected students start in September.
LFC COMMUNITY ACCEPTING SERVICE PROJECT PROPOSALS Non-profit, educational and governmental organizations who need volunteer help on a project may apply for assistance from the Leadership Franklin County (LFC) Community class for the program year. Part of the LFC Community experience is the completion of a service project. This enhances teamwork skills while giving back to the community.
Proposals must meet the following criteria:
• The project must have a definable goal that can be achieved in less than nine months (October to May ).
• Proposed project may not include soliciting donations, including sponsorships, prizes, etc.
• The Request for Proposal must be formally approved by the applying organization’s Board of Directors or Steering/ Guiding Committee as appropriate.
• The organization must have a single contact who will provide background, materials and support for team members.
If your organization would like to submit a request for a project team, please complete a Request for Project application, available here.
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 home schooled) in Franklin County. Interested students can apply in January of their freshman year. This highly competitive selection process involves an interview and requires two mentor recommendations to be submitted with student application.
LFC Alumni stay involved in the community and are busy in many volunteer organizations all around Franklin County. We have over 674 Alumni between the Community and Youth programs.
The LFC Alumni Committee is a group of Alumni focused solely on the engagement of our Alumni through events, volunteer opportunities and with IceFest Pa hosting the Run Your Ice Off 5K at the end of the weekend. Funds raised at the 5K support the LFC Alumni Scholarship fund for new Community students & Relay for Life of Chambersburg. Alumni can connect via their LFC Alumni Facebook Group or can learn about other alumni activities by contacting Ginny Harriger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LFC Alumni of the Year award is given annually to recognize a former graduated student of Leadership Franklin County Community who has distinguished themselves in their professional and volunteer capacities and who has shown continuing service, interest and support in the growth of Franklin County.
Leadership Franklin County is a program of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.