Welcome to the High Lakes Youth Leadership Program!!!


Class of 2018 - Celebrating 6 years!




This High Lakes Youth Leadership is a program of the High Lakes Leadership Initiative and is sponsored by the Union County Development Association, with support from the Creston Community School District and the East Union Community School District and from private investors.

The Mission of the program is to empower teens to become confident leaders through various acts of service by increasing awareness and involvement in creating a safer, cleaner, more enjoying community.

The application period for the Class of 2018 is now closed.



Personal Testimonials How is this program different?

"I used to be shy and quiet and didn't show many leadership skills, but after just the first High Lakes meeting, I felt like everyone else; becoming and developing into leaders together. I felt like I wasn't going through it alone. I never knew how to become a leader until I went to these meetings and put what they said into action." - M. Norton

"Overall, I was extremely happy with the program. I feel like I have developed multiple skills that I will use throughout my entire lifetime. This program has definately changed the way I lead throughout the community." - Z. Hoffman

"The High Lakes Youth Leadership Program was a great way to open my eyes. The group got me involved and introduced me to new people. I made many new friends and had fun doing it." - C. Anderson


As a community, we have several youth-serving programs that build leadership skills, such as FFA, 4-H, EAST, YACC, and FBLA. Programs such as these have dual purposes. For example FFA builds leadership skills through the focus of agricultural education and YACC focues on educating students in the areas of philanthropy.

The sole purpose of the High Lakes Youth Leadership Program is to concentrate solely on leadership and the 21st Century Leadership Skills.

HLYL Q & A Student Portfolio

Here you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about the High Lakes Youth Leadership Program.

Learn More

Throughout the program the student participant will keep a portfolio of items that will demonstrate their ability to show leadership in several areas.
  Nominate a student today!!!  
To be considered for the class, participants may apply nominated or they may apply directly. Application period is closed at this time.
  High Lakes Leadership Initiative / Union County Development Association 208 West Taylor, PO Box 471 Creston, Iowa 50801
  Phone: (641) 782-2003  
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