Chamber, Extension teaming up for Junior Leadership Preble County

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

PREBLE COUNTY — The Preble County Chamber of Commerce and Ohio State University Extension (Preble County 4-H) are partnering to bring to fruition a Junior Leadership Preble County program this fall.

Both organizations have long wanted to reach youth in Preble County with a program to build future leaders.

“The Preble County Chamber of Commerce is finishing up its second year of its very successful Leadership Preble County program for adults,” PC Chamber Executive Director Leslie Collins said last week. “It’s always been our goal to branch out and create Junior Leadership Preble County as well — this partnership is a natural fit, as the curriculum created and in use in other counties by OSU Extension correlates almost perfectly with our adult Leadership Preble County syllabus.”

Collins is working alongside PC Extension Educator Christy Millhouse, whose office will coordinate the applications and help organize the program.

School officials received the program information last week. The five county school districts are being asked to nominate 10 eligible students for the 2018-19 program, which will begin in August. Enrollment is open to high school juniors and seniors who meet Ohio College Credit Plus college-readiness criteria.

Participants will engage in 10 days of fun and learning over the course of the school year. They will explore Preble County beyond the classroom, while they enhance their personal leadership and teambuilding skills, interact with business and community leaders, develop new friendships, practice college and work-readiness skills, design and implement service learning projects, and even earn college credits through College Credit Plus from OSU.

For more information contact a guidance counselor or administrator at each Preble County High School; OSU Extension, Preble County at 937-456-8174 or the Preble County Chamber of Commerce at 937-456-4949.

Businesses or organizations who would like to invest in the future of the Preble County Junior Leadership program by becoming a sponsor should contact Collins at

Leadership Preble County’s adult programming is funded by the generous investments of Kettering Health Network, the Preble County Development Partnership and TimkenSteel.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.