Leadership Lackawanna Now Accepting Applications

Leadership Lackawanna, the premier community leadership and professional development affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, is now accepting applications for three of its programs.

Leadership U with Penn State Scranton

*For Lackawanna County High School Seniors (Apply as a Junior)

*Application Deadline May 7

*Collegiate Level Course on Community Engagement, Financial Literacy, and More. Earn 3 College Credits!

*In-Person Program Begins June 30 

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

*For Lackawanna County High School Juniors (Apply as Sophomores)

*Application Deadline May 7

*Leadership program to gain real-world experiences in the areas of philanthropy, non-profit organizations and community service

*Program Begins October 2021

Core Program

*For Lackawanna County Professionals

*Application Deadline June 30

*Areas of focus include leadership, interpersonal communications, equity, community development, project management, history and more

*Program Begins September 2021

Those interested can apply at LeadershipLackawanna.com.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Adjusts to New Normal

The 2020-2021 Leadership Lackawanna youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently met for its first virtual session, which included an orientation, leadership basics, and philanthropy. This year’s program is made possible by the support of its corporate sponsor, NBT Bank.

TLT is a seven-month program designed to develop the leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills of high school juniors, while giving them an enhanced understanding of northeastern Pennsylvania. 

The program also gives them the opportunity to explore teamwork, collaborative decision making, different communication styles, and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet with community leaders and other high school students.

Although COVID-19 has adjusted the program’s regular schedule, the virtual environment has created new learning opportunities for this year’s students.

“Thanks to the help and support of our volunteers, local organizations, and leaders, we have put together a high-quality program for our students in a virtual format,” said Dominick Mitchell, Leadership Lackawanna program coordinator. “I am impressed with the students and their enthusiasm for this year’s curriculum. A virtual setting is new for all of us, but their engagement in learning and with each other has been inspiring.”

The 2020-2021 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today participants from Dunmore High School is Jessica Trauger

Participants from Holy Cross High School include: Nora Betts, Laura Johnson, Sarah Lyons, Mariah Mancuso and Nathan McAndrew.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program accepts applications from sophomores who attend high school in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts.

Leadership Lackawanna Core Class 2020-2021

The Leadership Lackawanna Core program Class of 2020-2021 recently held its first session. This year’s class will participate in a mix of virtual and in-person sessions.

“Although COVID has changed the structure of our Core program, I have no doubt this year’s class will graduate feeling accomplished,” said Nicole Morristell, executive director of Leadership Lackawanna.  “This year’s participants have accomplished great things in their past, and I look forward to seeing how they will use the leadership skills they acquire over the next 10 months.”

In Leadership Lackawanna’s 10-month Core Program participants gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton area, through monthly sessions.  Areas of focus include community development, economic development, government, health care, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and media, with sessions featuring widely recognized specialists.  Members of the class also devote a large portion of their time to developing and implementing community projects, hence enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork and benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Program Class of 2020-2021: Stephanie Abraham, FNCB Bank; Jennifer Azarowicz, The Azek Company; Bailyn Bench, Proctor & Gamble; Joseph Bilotta, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Kenrick Brewster, Greater Scranton YMCA; Megan Coleman, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Michelle Cook, Community Bank, N.A.; Chris DePrimo, Penn Foster; Timothy Frank, Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc.; Alexander Gundling, Penn Foster; Vicki Hazzouri, Benco Dental; Patrick Keehan, University of Scranton SBDC; Matt Lewis, Allied Services; Kris Liebegott, Lackawanna College; Mackenzie Madigan, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; Justin Marino, United Neighborhood Centers; Meredith Mercuri, Barry Callebaut; Jesse Novatski, Penn State Scranton; Sara Rinkunas, Penn State Scranton; Sean Ritter, Fancy Parsley Architecture+Design; Michele Santaniello, Fidelity Bank; Jennifer Shoemaker, Outreach Center for Community Resources; Erika Thomas, NBT Bank; Chrissy Thomas, Prudential Retirement; Walter Tompkins, The Azek Company; Frank Wanat, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Danielle Weinschenk, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Robert Welsch, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Vivian Williams, Scranton Area Foundation; and Thomas Zurla, FNCB Bank.