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 six months learning about human needs and service learning, communication and career development, business and economy, law and government, and healthcare in McCracken County.
Members of the 2020-21 Class #10 are as follows:
Community Christian Academy – Ashley Kendall and Sara Neiswender.
McCracken County High School – Addison Allen, Karlie Bowen, Barrett Buchanan, Stevie Collins, Carlie England, Madelyn Faughn, Tylee Haws, Hillary Hollowell, Ava Kelly, Willie Lin, Zack Masek, Bri McGregor, Emma Morrow, Reese Pohle, Ali Richard, Ethan Roberts, Olivia Townsend and Bailey Watts.
Paducah Tilghman High School – Lois Akpabio, Natalie Besaw, Renee Chua, Gabrielle Copeland, Dana Hernández, Lillian Holm, Zabrina Hunter, Kate LeBuhn and Harli Morris.
St. Mary High School – Kali Patel, Therese Smith and Lily Wilson.
The selection process includes leadership potential/skills, school activities, community and diversity among schools, ethnicity and gender. Leadership Paducah Alumni Association, the alumni organization of Leadership Paducah, is a separate organization affiliated with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.