Youth LEAD

Youth LEAD is a program designed to develop and prepare students for future community support and leadership roles in Paducah/McCracken County. Youth LEAD targets high school juniors in Paducah Independent, McCracken County Public, private and home‐school systems. The students spend one day a month for five months learning about human needs and service learning, communication and career development, business and economy, law and government, and healthcare in McCracken County.

2017-2018 Youth LEAD Information

2017-2018 Youth LEAD Application

Application Due Date –The deadline to submit your application to your high school counselor is September 13, 2017. Home school students should submit their application to the Paducah Chamber office, 300 South 3rdSt., Paducah, KY 42002-0810 by no later than September 13, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Youth LEAD Class #6 for 2016-17 were recognized for completing the program during the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power in Partnership breakfast on April 13. There were 25 participants this year representing Paducah Tilghman, McCracken County, St. Mary and Community Christian High Schools.

Members of the 2016-17 Class #6 pictured are: 

Front row:  Martaj Marks, Carlissa Frederich, Ella Bailey, Anna Henderson, Sarah Katz, Haley Scruggs, Alexia Tyler

Second row:  Robin Ford, Alexis Cryts, Shelby McCutchen, McKenzie Moss, Ashley Eickholz, Addison Dumes, Molli Wilkins, Mary Ceglinski

Third row:  Nathan Karnes, Trey Pullen, Noah Arb, Peyton Patel, Allison Housman, Zachary Jenkins

Fourth row:  Max Overlin, Peyton Cadwell, Hale Sims, Skyler Mayes



Carlissa Frederich, McCracken County High School, was recognized by the Leadership Paducah Foundation as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Class Member award and received a check for $500. Pictured are (l-r) Jim Dudley, President, Leadership Paducah Foundation; Frederich; and Tammy Zimmerman, Paducah Chamber Board Chair.


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