Tomorrow’s Leaders Today meets for first session

The Leadership Lackawanna Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT) program class of 2022-2023 met on Oct. 20, for its first session, with Geanna Kirchner from Dunmore High School and Brooke Bilski from Holy Cross High School participating. 

During the next seven-months, this elite group of 42 High School leaders will meet monthly to gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills. TLT provides real-world experiences in the areas of health care, STEAM, history and heritage, crime and corrections, financial literacy, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and community service. 

Sessions are held one full weekday each month. The TLT Program accepts applications from high school sophomores who wish to improve their personal skills and impact their local community.

This year, Leadership Lackawanna proudly celebrates its 40th year.  Leadership Lackawanna strives to enhance the skills, connections and knowledge of emerging and established leaders, hence strengthening our communities, workplaces and organizations.

The 2022-23 program participants also include students from Western Wayne, Valley View, West Scranton, Riverside, Abington Heights, Carbondale Area, Old Forge, Commonwealth Charter Academy, Scranton Preparatory School and Mid Valley.

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Members of the 2022-23 class of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today shown in photo above include front row, from left: Riley Aquilino, Lizzy Cummings, Paris Santee, Corrina Maldonato, Alexa Williams, Carolena Ryon, Haylee Czyzyk, Brooke Bilski from Holy Cross High School; Rhayni Carroll, Odin Marrow, and Gavin Walsh.

Second row, same order: Julia Possanza, Angela Zeng, Roger Getts, Braden Beecham, Brooke Beemer, Kate Evans, Emily Stefani, Alexandra King, Brian McCormack and Jocelyn Brown.

Third row: Natalie Fuller, Dane Huggler, Andrew Housknecht, Grace Rodriguez, Ethan Warring, Emily Romanowski, Geanna Kirchner from Dunmore High School; Natalie Micknick, Mae Kaufman, Madeline Herold and Caden Brennan.

Fourth row: Patricia McAndrew, Mary Zabielski, Mason Peters, Connor Peters, Katherine Boykin, Dinello Capalongo, Megan Cosklo, Adrian Agnello and Mason Milouszusky.

Not shown: Brittain Banull.

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

The Leadership Lackawanna teen program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently celebrated the end of the 2021-2022 program year with a ceremony held at the Hilton Scranton. Leadership Lackawanna’s seven-month TLT program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors and provides real-world experiences in the areas of financial literacy, health care, STEAM, philanthropy, non-profit organizations, and community service.

Throughout the program, students were engaged in a variety of sessions facilitated by local organizations. Their program culminated with the allocation of $8,000 in grant money from the Scranton Area Foundation to 4 deserving local non-profits that were selected by the students.

Students participating from Dunmore High School were: Colleen Blockberger, Ayman Mounota, and Morgan Seamon, and from Holy Cross High School, Giulianna Mazza, Mary McHugh,and Ceceilia Otis, 

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.